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Eccles RFC PROG Nov 2020


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CLUB INFORMATION Paul Fleming Junior & Mini Chair Paul Fleming 07366 167396 https//eccles.rfu.club PRESIDENT’S WELCOME         As a club, we have never experienced anything like this before but as a                                                                  take place at Eccles RFC but that doesn’t mean that nothing at all will                                   means things can change on a daily basis so we’ll endeavour to make                                                       in these strange times as our facilities do look excellent. On behalf of the club, I'd also like to offer my sincere thanks to all the local businesses            continued support in such difficult economic conditions and look forward to when we’re able to reward your commitment and loyalty with                   keeps well.      
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CHAIRMANS’S WELCOME For all of you that follow the club on social media, you will already be aware that with effect from Thursday 5 November, until Wednesday 2 December at the earliest, all Senior and Age Grade rugby activities will cease at Eccles RFC and the club will return to ‘Stage A’ on the RFU Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. Unfortunately, this means no midweek group training sessions, no Senior Touch Rugby on Saturdays, no walking rugby on a Monday and Mini & Junior rugby on Sundays              house can open for education and training purposes (so First Aid training this Saturday 7 November will go ahead) but otherwise will be closed. Naturally, this news will be very disappointing to all members. The club is ever mindful of the possible effect of lockdown on the physical condition and mental health of our players. Therefore, the club has already begun working with its coaches to implement a scheme to keep all our players engaged with off-site competitive activities over the coming weeks.                               announcement on our lockdown plans as soon as details are finalised in the next few days. We are still looking forward to the possibility of a club Christmas event, so please watch out on social media for further updates as we develop your ideas on how this could be done as a safe event for our Rugby family. Until then, please stay safe and stay positive. Paul Thorpe // Eccles RFC Chairman HEAD COACH NOTES              Last Friday the RFU announced there will be no competitive league rugby played during the 2020/21 season, which I’m sure has upset many. Then this week, just as we’re all getting back into the swing of rugby club life again, Lockdown 2 returns us to Stage A on the return to rugby road map!! Not great news. However I’m still convinced we will get some fixtures played before the end of the season, possibly in the way of a localised mini cup competition against nearby rivals, the prospect of which excites me quite a lot, so “watch this space“.           RFC has seen this as a good opportunity to show that we are a progressive club and has already begun to explore different ways for us to keep supporting our player members with activity and personal development                         lockdown' - followed by the launch of a #OneClub league table where all teams within the club can compete against each other for points doing different challenges over the course of lockdown (big points win big                                                                                webinars to keep all our coaches developing their know how.                 positive attitude and challenge ourselves and those around us to continue doing what we love, just do it slightly different. I look forward to seeing you all cheering the teams on soon. Stay safe.            
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SOCIAL EVENTS Good day one and all, The Social Committee hopes to find you in good health, physically and mentally, in these very strange times. It has been a very discouraging time of late, for the Club's Social Committee, as Covid restrictions have tightened, with traditional celebration times such as Halloween and Bonfire Night disappearing off our radar, as Tier 1 went to Tier 2, which then became Tier 3, which in turn has            teers from the virus, by minimising time spent in contact with others, and you can understand why our Social activities have all but died a death. Despite all of this, with some careful planning the club was to run a Covid secure screening of the outstanding, decisive fixture between Italy and           providing table service and respecting all of the Tier 3 Covid criteria, I am               distanced in family bubbles etc, watched England sweep to victory, winning the 2019/20 Six Nations Championship.             adapted to provide a take away food and coffee service for the Minis & Junior Section every Sunday morning. Their positive and diligent               involved. Going forward, our plans for the next 4 weeks have become victims of lockdown, but Christmas is still possible so we are working on a festive programme, possibly to include an outdoor Christmas Carol Concert complete with Covid restrictions!             time, please look after yourselves and each other.           
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ECCLES GALLERY ECCLES COLTS November Colts Report: Despite the numerous challenges of Covid-19 and the lack of competitive fixtures, the Junior Colts have prevailed and progressed their development this autumn. Keeping a team together requires commitment from both players and coaches, and it's been a noteworthy benefit that this team have a group of coaches that are able to share the responsibilities and cover for those whose employment commitments prevents                   delivered training sessions for the lads, keeping them engaged from the                keep a colts squad together but they have done so through the toughest              have kept the boys playing, interested and engaged with the club and                              of it stronger than ever before.                        players really enjoyed it as they got to focus on some new areas that we                                      players and coaches got a lot out of the session. Wade Dutton & James Bushby // Eccles RFC Junior Colts Coaches.
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The Duke of Eccles - Still the best Bates to play at the club. Ultra Welding Equipment Proud to support Eccles RFC ECCLES LADIES Ladies rugby is growing at Eccles RFC, with our senior group numbers growing week on week and our junior section enjoying its first girls only mini warrior morning the feeling around the camp is that we are building something special. We are exceptionally proud to have a number of young female leaders in our group who have taken the essence of what it is to be an Eccles Lady and ran with it. Whether they are off flourishing at the highest level of English Women’s rugby at the likes of Sale Sharks and Loughborough Lightening, or still building their foundations at home at Gorton street,           We are proud to celebrate our player's achievements in all of their forms whether that is on or off the field. We firmly believe in creating strong female role models for our junior section to aspire to when they one day wear the blue and white for our 1XV. We empower our players to maximise their potential and to take our message out into our community        The bond this group has forged through the love of being in each other’s company and playing the sport is apparent at every session and is infec            step through the gate to support, play or coach you are an Eccles Lady and will remain one forever. Now is a great time to take your first step                    
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ECCLES GIRLS The Eccles RFC Mini Warrior Session, an event to engage and celebrate all the Junior female players at the club, was held pride of place on the        Although wet, the weather did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the girls, with a fantastic turnout from the Under 6 age group all the way up                                     enjoyable experience, with smiles and an abundance of energy all  Although only an hour session, the event was a huge success, exhibiting a clear vision and progression pathway within the Junior sections for             obvious there was a high level of talent present from the Girls at all age groups, indicating the promising future that both the Eccles Girls and                                        If your daughter is interested in playing rugby at Eccles RFC please          ECCLES JUNIORS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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DUKE OF EDINBURGHS AWARD We don't need to tell anyone how different or difficult this year has been. Undeterred, the Eccles RFC DofE section has tried, when possible to continue with our activities and assist participants who were aiming to complete their goals. A few young people, who had luckily already atttained other sections of their award, were on their last stage needing only to complete an expedition. With the guidance of the North West DofE and working within government guidelines we were able to successfully carry out alternative expeditions over two weekends for the Bronze groups. The young people achieved everything they would normally do - map reading, walking, cooking, field crafts. The only thing they didn't do was camping out over night, instead sleeping at home and returning to carry on the next day. We intended to do the same for the Silver group during October but unfortunately the Greater Manchester area went into tighter lockdown restrictions so this has been postponed until a future date. Eccles RFC was the first rugby club in the UK to run the prestigious DofE award programme and we now have a decade of experience behind us. In this time we’ve seen 48 of our young people achieve the highest accolade of a gold award at a Royal Palace and over 160 more achieve Silver and Bronze recognition. However, in recent years we have seen diminishing numbers of our young people wanting to take up the challenge of a DofE award at Eccles RFC. There is no doubt that the programme requires determination, dedication and a commitment in effort and time to succeed. We encourage participation from our players, as the benefits to personal development and team bonding are clear, but we respect it is not for everyone. We hope, when some kind or normality returns, we will be be able to recruit and do more to keep the DofE going at Eccles. This is not the way we wanted to celebrate our tenth year, but lots of organisations are in the same boat and we will endeavour, as many pioneers and expeditioners have done before, to continue and overcome the difficulties before us. First Gold Group At St James Palace 2nd Gold Group At Buckingham Palace 3rd Group At Buckingham Palace 4th Group At Buckingham Palace WALKING RUGBY Numbers attending Walking rugby at Eccles are slightly down in the past few weeks due to self-isolating and some very poor weather. We do                two former senior players and a new recruit who heard about us from a  Eccles RFC were one of the first clubs in the region to embrace Walking                             We recommenced Walking Rugby activities on the 7th of September and                                              Our challenge in the months ahead will be to re-instate the momentum                                                   for those who are not smart phone savvy) We keep in touch through our own What's-app group and new players from within the club are always welcome so why not give it a try!                
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE Early Eccles 1901-1914 The turbulent early years of Eccles RFC’s history were not untypical for a club of this district. Having begun its activities during the 1880s following the Great Rugby Schism of 1895, Eccles re-established itself in 1897 playing its fixtures in Monton near the Blue              at Bell Terrace playing on this site until the Godfrey Ermen Schools   In 1901 Eccles moved a short distance south down Edison Road to              Road, near the Barton Swing Bridge and were to remain here on                Before the Great War Eccles were considered a formidable opponent, holding their own with the principle clubs of Lancashire and enjoying good local support. Regular opponents included Sale,                and New Brighton. Each season, Eccles enjoyed an annual Easter Tour to Bedfordshire with a fixture against Bedford RUFC, at that time the home of one the best rugby club pavilions in the country,     In the 1903/04 season Eccles were the most consistent team in the Manchester district winning 21 of 27 games; 1905/06 saw 23 GORTON STREET GAZETTE victories from 30 games with 399 points scored and T.S. Stevens and R. Cameron selected for Lancashire. In 1906/07 many ground improvements were made and J. Clerc, three-quarter of the       In September 1912, a gate of 3,000 gathered at Barton to watch Eccles v Kendal in the opening match of the season. 1913/14 season. In the Eccles would win 17, draw 6, and suffer just two away defeats at Manchester and Kersal and one home loss to Broughton Park by a single drop goal to nil! Eccles fine 1XV were on the rise and forward Harold Bowker and Half-Back Reginald Lightbrown Bolton contributed nine tries each that season and were selected to represent            Following the declaration of War rugby fixtures were abandoned in September 1914. ‘Pals’ battalions were raised to encourage work colleagues and team mates to serve together. Employers displayed recruitment posters, speeches were given at rugby matches, young men lied about their age and queued up to volunteer in their thousands. Many Eccles players were amongst the first to enlist. Harold Bowker joined the Duke of Lancaster Yeomanry and went on to become a 2nd Lt. in the Royal Air Corp, surviving the war and playing for Swinton Lions until 1920. Reggie Bolton, Capt. Manchester Regiment, was killed at sea in 1918 when the hospital ship he was aboard was torpedoed by German U-Boat. His brother John Bolton, goal- kicker for Eccles, was killed
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                                                                      sacrificed their lives in foreign fields and reflect on all those who              that can we could enjoy rugby and our way of life today. Of all the                                                                                                               GORTON STREET GAZETTE
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CLUB INFORMATION PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend. This is officially our 122nd anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 71 years we’ve always had our home in this community. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; teams for Mini’s, Juniors, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Men means you can come down to the club Saturday or Sunday and be entertained. The 1XV gained promotion last year playing attacking rugby with renewed conviction, something which we hope cascades down through the club this season. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our talented Home-Grown colts stepping up to play in the seniors this coming year alongside our new recruits. For the start of the new season the club has installed a new 3G artificial turf floodlit training area which all teams will benefit and the technical area on the edge of the first team pitch has also been replaced and expanded meaning that some players will not even get mud on their boots ! The club would also like to thank all the volunteers for their dedicated effort. We’d not be able to operate without their contributions. I can’t name all them all as I’m limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. We also now offer ‘Walking Rugby’ on Monday night at 7pm which, for those who’d like to give it a try, has no age, gender, or ability limitations. I would also like to thank our volunteers who operate our DofE section which complements the ethos of rugby and offers so much to young people in their future life. Congratulations to the groups who have achieved their Bronze, Silver or Gold award this year. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. Our clubhouse bar is CAMRA award-winning and (for those over the age of 18) I’m informed has a fine selection of match refreshments. Mark Dutton, President, Eccles RFC
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club. I would like to offer a warm welcome to Manchester Rugby Club and Bromyard Rugby Football Club. Today is our annual Sponsor’s Day event and is an opportunity for the club to show our appreciation for all those who have generously supported us during the 2019/20 season with an afternoon of hospitality and rugby. Without the valuable assistance of our sponsors the club would not be able to sustain its facilities and activities in our community, so we hope all members will play their part in making the day an enjoyable and memorable Eccles experience. Manchester need no introduction, although our fixture last October was the first meeting in many years, our clubs have enjoyed a rich history of contests and were once regular opponents. Manchester are in second place in the league, with Eccles second from the bottom, but Eccles will be keen to put in a good performance, as we are still confident that we can climb out of the drop zone. Ahead of that contest, our 3XV will entertain Bromyard RFC, a touring team from Herefordshire, who play in Midlands 4 West (South). At Eccles, we believe in Rugby for all and we take pride in our Home-Grown principles. Our Junior programme regularly produces talented young players and last year we were delighted to see eight Eccles lads wear the red rose of Lancashire. Our Men’s and Ladies sections share the same belief and commitment to player propagation, only last week saw former Eccles player Detysha Harper receive her call up to the Women's England Squad for the 6 Nations game against Ireland, where she helped secured a 27-0 victory in front of a sell-out crowd. We achieve everything we do in, and for, our community, through the efforts of dedicated volunteers and the support of sponsors who share our ambition and passion. I thank them for their commitment. And I thank today’s Match Officials, who step onto the field as volunteers to play their part under pressure and I would encourage spectators to be more appreciative of their role in rugby. Without them we would not have the games today. Cheers, Thorpey. Paul Thorpe, Chairman, Eccles RFC HEAD COACH NOTES A warm welcome to all players, officials, spectators and sponsors to Gorton Street. Today we celebrate the generosity of those who have contributed this season. It is my hope that you enjoy your day and accept our most sincere thanks for your valued and continued support. Today the 1XV welcome Manchester RFC for the return fixture. Back in October at Grove Park it was a close contest for an hour until the hosts secured victory with tries in last 20 mins. The brains of our more seasoned campaigners will need to be picked for the last occasion we welcomed our visitors to Gorton Street, such has been Eccles rise and Manchester’s unfortunate fall in recent seasons. Manchester arrive flying high in the league on good form which will prove to be a real test for us this afternoon. We will be facing this challenge on the back of some positive results in the league with wins in our last two home fixtures. The lads are keen to keep this momentum flowing into the final stages of what has been a difficult season. Best of luck to both teams. We also have the pleasure today of welcoming Bromyard RFC, a touring team from Herefordshire to play our 3XV. It’s always a pleasure to welcome tourists who always bring their own mixture of chaos and fun. It gives our casual and vets a rare opportunity to dust off the box of tricks and the Woolworths boots to run out in the Eccles hoops, something which gives us great pride. I’m sure a game of real quality will be discussed in the bar afterwards and only improve as the night goes on! Best of luck to all players pulling on the Navy and White this weekend, our opponents and match officials. Sam Simpson, DOR / Head Coach, Eccles RFC
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MENS LEAGUE TABLES ECCLES MEN 1XV NORTHERN DIVISION NORTH TWO WEST Glossop Manchester Rochdale Leigh Anselmians Southport Aspatria De la Salle (Salford) Aspull Tarleton Winnington Park Bolton Eccles Sefton GAMES RESULTS P W D L POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 19 16 1 2 573 298 275 80 13 1 18 16 0 2 684 223 461 79 14 1 19 16 1 2 536 303 233 77 11 0 19 12 2 5 552 415 137 66 12 2 19 11 0 8 531 460 71 57 7 19 20 18 18 19 19 20 19 20 8 1 10 391 507 -116 43 6 7 0 13 489 476 13 41 5 9 0 9 334 502 -168 39 2 7 0 11 398 516 -118 39 6 6 0 13 378 494 -116 38 8 6 0 13 421 589 -168 36 7 6 1 13 428 541 -113 33 5 6 0 13 386 535 -149 31 5 4 0 16 329 571 -242 26 4 6 3 8 1 5 6 5 2 2 6 ECCLES MEN 2XV County Courier Services Division 2 North Orrell 2XV Leigh 2XV Littleborough 2XV Tarleton 2XV West Park (St. Helens) 2XV Keswick 2XV AldwiniansXV Leyland Warriors 1XV Eccles 2XV Southport 2XV De la Salle (Salford) 2XV Oldham 2XV GAMES P W D L RESULTS POINTS F TOTALS 17 12 1 4 570 308 262 67 0 17 11 0 6 414 240 174 62 0 16 10 0 6 278 291 -13 58 0 15 16 15 15 13 16 17 15 16 8 0 7 262 250 12 51 0 7 0 9 296 321 -25 46 0 7 1 7 335 190 145 45 0 9 0 6 372 281 91 44 0 7 0 6 237 216 21 42 0 6 0 10 313 389 -76 41 0 6 0 10 264 443 -179 41 0 5 2 8 297 358 -61 39 0 4 0 12 218 569 -351 29 0 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 0 2 2 4 2 2 0 2 1 1 1 0 MENS FIXTURES-RESULTS Date Mens 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 Aldwinians - CUP A 07-Sep-19 Southport 14-Sep-19 Tarleton 28-Sep-19 Aspatria 05-Oct-19 Anselmians 12-Oct-19 Aspull 19-Oct-19 Bolton 26-Oct-19 De La Salle 02-Nov-19 09-Nov-19 Manchester 16-Nov-19 Glossop 23-Nov-19 Leigh 30-Nov-19 07-Dec-19 Rochdale 14-Dec-19 Sefton 21-Dec-19 28-Dec-18 04-Jan-20 Tarleton 18-Jan-20 Aspatria 25-Jan-20 01-Feb-20 Anselmians 08-Feb-20 Aspull 15-Feb-20 Bolton 22-Feb-20 29-Feb-20 De La Salle 07-Mar-20 Manchester 14-Mar-20 Glossop 21-Mar-20 Leigh 28-Mar-20 Rochdale 04-Apr-20 Sefton 11-Apr-20 18-Apr-20 Southport 25-Apr-20 A 29 - 64W H 37 - 35W 21-Sep-19 Winnington Park A 49 - 25L H 16 - 10W A 29 - 12L H 46 - 22W A 28 - 20L H 15 - 17L H 52 - 22L A 24 - 00L H 22 - 33L A 22 - 10L H 10 - 22L A 17 - 10L 11-Jan-20 Winnington Park H 12 - 37L A 41 - 5L H 24 - 22W A 37 - 26L H 10 - 9W A H H A H A H P - P Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians 2XV Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV A 15 - 19W H 7 - 38W A P - P A 43 - 0L H 33 - 7W A 5 - 0L A H A West Park (St. Helens) H Leyland Warriors 1XV A Mens 2XV HA Results Leyland Warriors 1XV H Post Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle 2XV Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV H 35 - 29W A 17 - 00L H 12 - 29L H 12 - 38L A 52 - 07L H 6 - 21L H 7 - 17L A 17 - 58W H 26 - 35L West Park (St. Helens) A 21 - 10L
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Eccles 3XV Bromyard RFC 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. #Home-Grown at Eccles RFC TBC 1. Sam Dudley 2. Tomas Day 3. William Allman 4. Tom Hulburd 5. Luke Zygmuntowski-Watts 6. Will Teece 7. Rhys Cooper 8. Rory Lane 9. Nick Coleman (c) 10. James Hepworth 11. John Pudge 12. John Parker 13. Luke Hadley 14. Josh Hargest 15. TBC 16. Well Matured Supporters 17. Dave Mann 18. Mick Warren TODAY’S REFEREE: Mike Ince (MADREFS) TEAM SHEETS ECCLES SENIOR COLTS What a difference a full squad makes! Players come and go – it’s one of the facts of all rugby teams but what can’t be underestimated is what these players bring when they join or return. This week we welcomed Callum Fryer back for his first game since U16 and with a full team and two on the bench it was a promising start. In blustery conditions with the rain ever threatening it was touch and go whether we would be able to fulfil the Plate fixture against Rossendale. With a full front row we were able to play contested scrums for one of the first times this season and good performances across the board saw confidence levels increasing and a great result for our Senior Colts. 4 tries for Man of the Match Centre Timmo, a try a piece from Tallis, James and Cameron Smollet and Joe and Josh taking on kicking with two conversions each resulted in a convincing win of 43 to 7. This was the most dominant performance of the season and takes the lads to the Quarter Final of the Senior Colts Plate, a prestigious contest featuring the strongest teams of Lancashire and Cheshire. As the holders of this sliverware this season’s colts are naturally determined to do their best to retain it. The next game will be the Semi Final of the Lancashire U18 Joe McDonough Trophy so let's hope we can bag some of the confidence from this performance and the commitment of a full squad to go one step further. Congratulations also to Tallis Keeler who represented Eccles at county level this week, playing for Lancashire U17s v Yorkshire. Go Tal! John Christey, Coach, Eccles RFC Senior Colts
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ECCLES LADIES Skilful Tries Seal Eccles Victory Eccles Ladies travelled to Sunderland hoping for a repeat performance of their last encounter where Eccles won overwhelmingly. An early Sunderland try, created from the quick recycling from their rucks, seemed to indicate that the result may be very different from the last meeting. However, fantastic defending from Eccles and brilliant attack led to a try from Mikayla, with her running half the length of the pitch. Play continued with the ball in no team’s hands for long, with great defence forcing errors and brilliant attack exploiting any small gap left by the opposing defence. However, the opposition’s forwards slowly made their way closer to the try line overpowering the much smaller Eccles players and going over for another try. The start of the 2nd half seemed to favour Sunderland, with a dropped Eccles ball being picked up and one of their forwards sprinting half a pitch length for a try. It seemed as though the coach trip north may have hindered the Eccles performance. However, Eccles responded quickly with a try of their own, coming from hands out wide from the back of a scrum. An attacking Eccles unit became the story of the 2nd half, with skilled phases of play and well-placed kicks from Mikayla and Sheena ensuring play remained well into the Sunderland half. Another Eccles try followed shortly, again from the back of the scrum, with Mikayla going over for her 3rd try of the day. Eccles continued to make big hits in defence and displayed some amazing leg drive and footwork going forward, especially from Leah, Siobhan and Mollie Y. With tired opposition players very apparent, the last two final Eccles tries were scored in quick succession, both utilising the wide-open spaces left by the opposition defence, sealing a victory for Eccles Ladies. Eccles’ displayed some great rugby skill and intelligence, even if it came later in the game than planned, and this will hopefully boost their confidence going into their next game against Birkenhead Park Ladies. FT: Sunderland Ladies 17 – 25 Eccles Ladies
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ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES ECCLES LADIES WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP NORTH TWO Sefton Ladies Crewe & Nantwich Ladies Manchester Ladies Darlington Ladies Didsbury TOC H Ladies Eccles Ladies Birkenhead Park Ladies Sunderland Ladies GAMES P 12 12 11 9 7 11 8 10 W D 10 8 6 5 3 3 2 1 L 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 3 4 4 8 6 8 F A 423 147 276 305 160 145 299 175 124 182 181 119 137 1 -18 202 387 -185 15 156 272 -116 10 129 356 -227 8 DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 10 8 7 4 3 3 2 2 52 40 35 24 15 ECCLES SENIOR COLTS Conference League-Senior D GAMES Senior Colts Senior D (U18's) Birkenhead Park Colts Kendal Colts P Bury Colts Makos Colts Eccles Colts Wigan Colts Preston G/Hoppers Colts 12 12 11 12 12 11 12 RESULTS W D 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 9 9 7 6 3 4 1 L 2 3 3 5 8 7 11 POINTS F A 275 132 143 373 143 230 212 207 228 208 5 20 -1 TOTALS DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 52 50 41 40 176 316 -140 27 187 188 25 166 423 -257 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 2 1 2 -1 ECCLES LADIES & COLTS FIXTURES Date Eccles Ladies 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 08-Sep-19 Darlington 15-Sep-19 Didsbury TOC H 22-Sep-19 29-Sep-19 06-Oct-19 Manchester 27-Oct-19 03-Nov-19 Sefton 10-Nov-19 17-Nov-19 Birkenhead Park 24-Nov-19 Sunderland 01-Dec-19 08-Dec-19 Didsbury TOC H 15-Dec-19 22-Dec-19 29-Dec-18 05-Jan-20 Manchester H 12 - 47L 12-Jan-20 Crewe & Nantwich H 5 - 24L 19-Jan-20 26-Jan-20 02-Feb-20 Sefton 09-Feb-20 16-Feb-20 23-Feb-20 Birkenhead Park 30-Feb-20 01-Mar-20 Sunderland 08-Mar-20 15-Mar-20 Darlington 22-Mar-20 29-Mar-20 05-Apr-20 12-Apr-20 19-Apr-20 A 66 - 0L H A H P - P P - P Makos Kendal Tarleton Preston Grasshoppers H A A 34 - 26L A 39 - 17L WO P - P 34 - 26L 39 - 17L A Post H 20 - 19W A 43 - 14L 13-Oct-19 Crewe & Nantwich A 86 - 10L 20-Oct-19 H 26 - 36W A 5 - 31W H 79 - 10W A 17 - 0L Preston Grasshoppers A 22 - 29W H Wigan Birkenhead Park Bury HW A 26 - 11L H 5 - 15L Senior Colts Tarleton Wigan Birkenhead Park Colts Cup - Southport Bury Makos Kendal HA Results H Post A 53 - 26L H 12 - 16L H A 28 - 28D H 17 - 22L H 5 - 61L
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ECCLES JUNIORS Welcome to all our sponsors, spectators and visitors from Eccles RFC Mini’s and Junior Section and my regular view from the rugby soap box! Last Sunday saw over 300 minis and juniors of all age groups, U6s - U16s, finally get a game, and all hosted by Eccles! A wonderful achievement after a few bad weeks of weather saw numerous cancelled fixtures! Well done Leeann and Marie and everybody else! A recently published article in the Guardian on junior rugby and its league system set-up prompted mixed opinions. My own due to participation with the coaching fraternity of our U14s and the Mini and junior section as a whole. The level of competitiveness is amplified on those league or cup fixtures where the influence of a different ‘type’ of game can be felt and despite the RFU directive of ‘non-competitive games’ it’s all-to-play-for performances from most teams! So the suggestion of clubs breaking away from any league structure, although completely understandable, can have the adverse effect down at grass roots. I don’t imagine the Kiwis or South Africans defer their competitive junior rugby until their players are of an age where they understand what is needed when required to lift their performance levels. Are we really ‘institutionalising the idea of ambition?’ I understand the need for junior clubs to regulate their traveling arrangements so they may retain players at a senior level, thereby fulfilling fixtures. Andy Northey’s views on junior rugby may ring true to a lot of you, but at what point do we introduce our young players to competition rugby? If, as he says, there are lads who would rather be in Benidorm within 2.5 hours than play rugby against a club a similar journey time away, is that not what the closed season is for? I’ll conclude with a proud announcement of a new team sponsor for our U14s and hope they enjoy being a part of Eccles RFC. Supporters of youth will always receive a warm welcome at a club that thrives on the development ‘Home Grown’ Talent. Paul Fleming, Mini and Juniors Chairman, Eccles RFC ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS
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BILL LOWE - OBITUARY Bill Lowe 1931-2020 It is with great sadness that we announce that our long serving, loyal member Bill Lowe passed away suddenly at home last Wednesday morning. He was 88. Bill joined Eccles RFC in 1948 as a local 18 year old, the year the club moved to Gorton Street and the same year Harry Broomhead and Ken Faulkner joined. Bill was our oldest past player and one of the last of the old players who were affectionally first labelled “ the fossils” when they grouped together on Saturdays and Mondays in the corner area of the club and then at the side of the bar. Between his playing career and taking on his many administrative positions, Bill was often away from the Club in the seventies and eighties pursuing business opportunities both in the UK and abroad. On Bill and Pauline’s permanent return to Manchester, Bill’s final venture Metremix Concrete appears in the 1993 club handbook and stayed there until he sold the business upon his retirement. Bill’s entrepreneurship and humour shine through with marketing gems such as “Willmix” and “William the Concretor” a title he took great pleasure answering the phone with. From being a regular first team second rower, Bill went on to serve on the Committee over three decades from 1993 until 2019. Bill was our club’s Lancashire representative for two decades from 2000 until 2019 and also served on the Lancashire Cup Committee. Bill was regular member of the Eccles balcony support and attended our recent home fixture v Bolton. He will be missed. Funeral details will be posted on our website in due course.
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE Great Scott! Sixty-Five years ago, 26th February 1955, Fullback Harry Scott of Manchester Rugby Club became England's 856th capped-player when he pulled on the white shirt to represent his country against France at Twickenham. The pride of his selection was also felt across the city at Eccles Rugby Football Club where Harry had spent his formative years. Harry was was born in Batley on 7th November 1927 and aged 8 moved with his family to Eccles. Following his attendance at Stretford and Salford Royal Technical Colleges he qualified as an engineering draftsman. His father, Bob, played rugby league for Swinton Lions and Cumberland and Harry evidently inherited his athletic ability. In the early 1950s Harry became a stalwart of the Lancashire team considered one of the strongest in the county championship. In 1954 he played for North West Counties against New Zealand at Manchester City’s Maine Road ground, where his pen portrait in the match programme described him as “an enterprising fullback with safe hands and quick to turn defence into attack”. In later years, Harry returned back to Eccles, enjoying both the playing and social aspects of the Rugby Union game. He was an active member of EGOR (Evergreens of Rugby), becoming a well-known figure at Lancashire and England matches and in 1987 he was made a Hon. Life Member of Eccles RFC. Harry, passed away in January 2012 aged 85, with his memorial service held at Peel Green crematorium and his ashes spread on the Eccles pitch by his family 4 years later. Harry will no doubt be fondly remembered by many members of both Eccles and Manchester clubs when they meet to play this Saturday at Gorton Street. (photo: England v France, 1955. H. Scott, front row right, seated on ground) SPONSORSHIP AND FUNDING Eccles RFC is run by dedicated volunteers. With over 120 years behind us we are a resilient, ambitious, progressive, inclusive, community rugby club and welcome support from businesses who share our ambition and passion. Sponsorship opportunities 2019/20 Community Coaching sponsorship - £15k Platinum Club Sponsorship - £10k Duke of Edinburgh Award Sponsorship - £10k Senior Team Sponsorship - £5k Junior Team Sponsorship - £3k Pitch-side Advertising boards - £500 Programme advertisement - £250 Senior Player Sponsorship - £150 Our sponsorship packages are flexible. For more information please email us at sponsorship@ecclesrfc.org.uk 1897 You can raise money for Eccles RFC every time you shop online by using EasyFundraising.co.uk Just register on the website, name us as your cause and shop as normal. The club receives a donation for the purchases you make. Easy.
Eccles v Glossop

Eccles RFC PROG 14/03/2020


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CLUB INFORMATION PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend. This is officially our 122nd anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 71 years we’ve always had our home in this community. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; teams for Mini’s, Juniors, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Men means you can come down to the club Saturday or Sunday and be entertained. The 1XV gained promotion last year playing attacking rugby with renewed conviction, something which we hope cascades down through the club this season. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our talented Home-Grown colts stepping up to play in the seniors this coming year alongside our new recruits. For the start of the new season the club has installed a new 3G artificial turf floodlit training area which all teams will benefit and the technical area on the edge of the first team pitch has also been replaced and expanded meaning that some players will not even get mud on their boots ! The club would also like to thank all the volunteers for their dedicated effort. We’d not be able to operate without their contributions. I can’t name all them all as I’m limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. We also now offer ‘Walking Rugby’ on Monday night at 7pm which, for those who’d like to give it a try, has no age, gender, or ability limitations. I would also like to thank our volunteers who operate our DofE section which complements the ethos of rugby and offers so much to young people in their future life. Congratulations to the groups who have achieved their Bronze, Silver or Gold award this year. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. Our clubhouse bar is CAMRA award-winning and (for those over the age of 18) I’m informed has a fine selection of match refreshments. Mark Dutton, President, Eccles RFC
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club. I would like to offer a warm welcome to Glossop Rugby Union Football Club who currently sit top of the North Two West league. Eccles are second from the bottom but have a game in hand over Bolton, with firm belief that we can still avoid the drop zone. The last time the two teams met was back in November when the game was abandoned just before half time when Matt Parkinson received concussion and a neck injury which required paramedic assistance. The score was 24-0 at the time and the game was awarded to Glossop. On Sunday, the Colts take on Aldwinians in the Semi Final of the Lancashire U18’s Colts Trophy. Kick off is 2pm, so let’s get down to cheer them all the way to the final. The Ladies, who have enjoyed a recent lift in performance with consecutive wins, are also at home to Darlington who are a league position above them in 4th, in their last game of the season. At Eccles, we believe in Rugby for all and we take pride in our Home-Grown principles. Our Junior programme regularly produces talented young players and last year we were delighted to see eight Eccles lads wear the red rose of Lancashire. Boys are not the whole story either, as our Men’s and Ladies sections share the same belief and commitment to player propagation, our latest success story being Detysha Harper receiving her call up to the Women's England Squad for this seasons 6 nations championship. We achieve everything we do in, and for, our community, through the efforts of dedicated volunteers and the generous support of sponsors who share our ambition and passion. Thank you to all our referees, who like players, work during the week and then step out onto the field to officiate. They do their jobs under pressure and I would encourage rugby spectators and staff to understand and be more appreciative of their role in rugby. Without them we would not have the games today. Cheers, Thorpey. Paul Thorpe, Chairman, Eccles RFC HEAD COACH NOTES Hello and a very warm welcome to all our visitors to Gorton Street this weekend. The weekend starts with the First team looking to take much needed points away from a game against the league leaders Glossop. Eccles currently sit on the relegation trapdoor 3 points behind Bolton RUFC but with a game in hand. The lads will be looking to build some pressure on their Lancashire rivals but need a more consistent performance from themselves to do that with opportunities running out. The 2nd team are being hosted by old friends Aldwinians RUFC. Eccles again will looking to obtain points to climb the league table to secure their league position for 2020/21 season. Good luck to all our Men pulling on the Navy n White Hoops today I’m sure they will be leaving nothing in the tank with what’s at stake. Sunday will see our Ladies play host to Darlington Ladies at Gorton Street. Eccles have put together a run of solid performances and victories recently. A continuation of this form from coach James Wright’s team this Sunday would see them leapfrog the visitors from 5th to 4th position in the league which would pretty much cement a mid table finish for the Eccles Ladies this season. Eccles RFC’s Senior Colts host Aldwinians RUFC this Sunday in the Semi Final of the Lancs Trophy. Our guests have been very strong the past couple of seasons at Senior Colts level but Eccles have begun to find an improved level of performance recently that hasn’t been there all season, picking up some good wins in the Cup competitions. If they can raise their game, and a team, they could earn themselves place in a county final. Finally a big thank you must go out to all our sponsors without you non of what we do at Eccles RFC would be possible. I hope those that attended sponsors day last Saturday fully enjoyed themselves and got to see first hand how they support the club on a weekly basis with their generosity. Sam Simpson, Director Of Rugby / Head Coach, Eccles RFC
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ECCLES MEN 1XV NORTHERN DIVISION NORTH TWO WEST Glossop Manchester Rochdale Leigh Anselmians Aspatria Southport Tarleton De la Salle (Salford) Aspatria Winnington Park Bolton Eccles Sefton GAMES RESULTS P W D L POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 20 17 1 2 609 325 284 85 14 1 19 17 0 2 743 228 515 84 15 1 20 17 1 2 569 323 246 82 12 0 20 13 2 5 568 428 140 70 12 2 20 12 0 8 569 479 90 62 8 21 20 20 19 19 20 21 20 21 8 0 13 502 488 14 45 5 8 1 11 403 520 -117 44 6 7 0 13 407 501 -94 43 9 9 0 10 361 538 -177 39 2 7 0 12 418 549 -131 39 6 6 0 14 428 618 -190 36 7 6 1 14 441 557 -116 34 5 6 0 14 391 594 -203 31 5 4 0 17 348 609 -261 26 4 6 8 4 6 1 5 5 3 2 6 ECCLES MEN 2XV County Courier Services Division 2 North Orrell 2XV Leigh 2XV Littleborough 2XV Tarleton 2XV AldwiniansXV Keswick 2XV West Park (St. Helens) 2XV Leyland Warriors 1XV Southport 2XV Eccles 2XV De la Salle (Salford) 2XV Oldham 2XV GAMES P W D L RESULTS POINTS F TOTALS 18 12 2 4 575 313 262 70 0 18 11 0 7 429 259 170 64 0 17 11 0 6 307 313 -9 16 8 0 8 284 276 8 63 0 53 0 16 10 0 6 372 281 91 49 0 16 16 14 18 16 16 17 8 1 7 354 205 149 47 0 7 0 9 296 321 -25 46 0 7 0 6 242 221 21 45 0 6 0 12 278 465 -187 42 0 6 0 10 313 389 -76 41 0 5 2 9 297 358 -61 39 0 5 0 12 240 583 -343 34 0 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 0 3 2 5 0 2 2 2 1 1 1 0 ECCLES MENS TABLES MENS FIXTURES-RESULTS Date Mens 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 Aldwinians - CUP A 07-Sep-19 Southport 14-Sep-19 Tarleton 28-Sep-19 Aspatria 05-Oct-19 Anselmians 12-Oct-19 Aspull 19-Oct-19 Bolton 26-Oct-19 De La Salle 02-Nov-19 09-Nov-19 Manchester 16-Nov-19 Glossop 23-Nov-19 Leigh 30-Nov-19 07-Dec-19 Rochdale 14-Dec-19 Sefton 21-Dec-19 28-Dec-18 04-Jan-20 Tarleton 18-Jan-20 Aspatria 25-Jan-20 01-Feb-20 Anselmians 08-Feb-20 Aspull 15-Feb-20 Bolton 22-Feb-20 29-Feb-20 De La Salle 07-Mar-20 Manchester 14-Mar-20 Glossop 21-Mar-20 Leigh 28-Mar-20 Rochdale 04-Apr-20 Sefton 11-Apr-20 18-Apr-20 Southport 25-Apr-20 A 29 - 64W H 37 - 35W 21-Sep-19 Winnington Park A 49 - 25L H 16 - 10W A 29 - 12L H 46 - 22W A 28 - 20L H 15 - 17L H 52 - 22L A 24 - 00L H 22 - 33L A 22 - 10L H 10 - 22L A 17 - 10L 11-Jan-20 Winnington Park H 12 - 37L A 41 - 5L H 24 - 22W A 37 - 26L H 10 - 9W A P - P H 5 - 59L H A H A H Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians 2XV Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV A 15 - 19W H 7 - 38W A P - P A 43 - 0L H 33 - 7W A 5 - 0L A H A West Park (St. Helens) H Leyland Warriors 1XV A Mens 2XV HA Results Leyland Warriors 1XV H Post Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle 2XV Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV H 35 - 29W A 17 - 00L H 12 - 29L H 12 - 38L A 52 - 07L H 6 - 21L H 7 - 17L A 17 - 58W H 26 - 35L West Park (St. Helens) A 21 - 10L
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Eccles Senior Colts 1. Jahn Saunders 2. Cameron Smollet 3. Callum Fryer 4. Paul Stringer 5. James Hooker 6. Callum Brady 7. Max Mulligan 8. Riley Thornton 9. Tom Bates 10. Joseph Molloy 11. Cameron MacDonald 12. Alex Speakman 13. Daniel Delaney 14. Tallis Keeler 15. Joshua Stafford 16. William Timmins 17. Ollie White 18. Jay Christey 19. Joshua Masters #Home-Grown at Eccles RFC Aldwinians Senior Colts 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. TBC TODAY’S REFEREE: Alan Blackburn (Madrefs) TEAM SHEETS ECCLES SENIOR COLTS The season has seen the Eccles Senior Colts struggle for numbers often playing with a man down and, as a mixed squad of U17’s and U18s, the team has been up against it but always remaining positive and committed to the last blow of the whistle. The last game was no exception. In blustery conditions with the rain ever threatening it was touch and go whether we would be able to fulfil the fixture against Rossendale in the Senior Colts Plate. As holders of that Silverware, the team were determined to make a good start and with a full front row we were able to play contested scrums for one of the first times this season and good performances across the board saw confidence levels increasing as the game progressed. 4 tries for Man of the match Timmo, a try a piece from Tallis, James and Cameron Smollet and Joe and Josh taking on kicking with 2 conversions each resulted in a convincing win of 43 to 7. This was the most dominant performance of the season and takes the lads to the Quarter Final of the Senior Colts Plate vs Makos, Sunday 22nd March. Let’s hope we can bag some of the confidence and commitment from that game for this Sunday’s Semi Final of the Lancashire Colts U18 Joe McDonough Trophy vs Aldwinians who play their rugby in a higher division and will no doubt arrive with a full squad and provide a tough test for the lads. Last season Eccles were beaten finalists in this competition so as we aim to go one better this year your support will be much appreciated. Congratulations to Tallis Keeler who represented Eccles at county level recently, playing for Lancashire U17s vs Yorkshire. Lancashire U18 Colts Trophy Semi-Final Eccles v Aldwinians - Sunday 15th March Kick Off 2.00pm at Eccles RFC
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ECCLES LADIES Eccles Ladies Victorious Again! After a great victory last week away at Sunderland, Eccles Ladies were hoping to build on that performance and come away with another win against Birkenhead Park to strengthen their position in the League. The game started well, with Eccles moving quickly through the phases, getting the ball out wide to Jess, who with great footwork scored the first try of the game. Birkenhead followed swiftly with a try of their own. The attacking pressure from Eccles didn’t ease off and most of the play occurred deep in the opposition’s half. Great handling kept Birkenhead on their toes, and it wasn’t long before Eccles scored their 2nd try. Another try came swiftly from the restart, with a great run from Jess and offload to Mikayla who ran half the length of the pitch to score. Eccles continued to attack, and with play in the opposition’s 22, short balls were adopted until Siobhan went over the line. Multiple conceded penalties awarded Birkenhead the opportunity to score and they took it, going over the line for their 2nd. The penalties against Eccles continued to mount up and 3 yellow cards were given in quick succession, bringing Eccles down to 12 going into half time. (HT: 24-10) Eccles managed to hold on but being outnumbered it was only a matter of time until Birkenhead went over the line for their 3rd try of the game. There was great line speed in defence and kicking and ball possession from Eccles, but just as Eccles were back to 13 another yellow card was issued. Another Birkenhead try followed scored out wide. Eccles responded with a great turnover by Kathy, followed by a great run by Siobhan using her footwork to find the gaps to go over the line for her 2nd try. More penalties against Eccles continued, and with that Birkenhead were able to slowly move up the field and score another try. Eccles back to 15 were able to see out the game with great attack and defence, even if it was disjointed due to constant penalty stoppages. A difficult game for Eccles, but they showed their strength and depth as a team being able to emerge victorious even after going down to 12 at a crucial time. FT: 31-25 A lot of positives to take into our last game of the season against Darlington Ladies on Sunday, where win would take us above them into 4th place in the championship.
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ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES ECCLES LADIES WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP NORTH TWO Sefton Ladies Crewe & Nantwich Ladies Manchester Ladies Darlington Ladies Eccles Ladies Didsbury TOC H Ladies Birkenhead Park Ladies Sunderland Ladies GAMES P 13 13 11 9 13 9 10 12 RESULTS W D 11 9 6 5 5 4 2 1 L 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 3 4 8 5 8 10 POINTS F A 473 159 314 368 160 208 299 175 124 182 181 1 -59 57 44 25 24 20 9 TOTALS 258 429 -171 24 146 205 193 353 -160 12 151 408 -257 DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 11 8 7 4 4 4 4 3 ECCLES SENIOR COLTS Conference League-Senior D GAMES Senior Colts Senior D (U18's) Birkenhead Park Colts Kendal Colts P Bury Colts Makos Colts Wigan Colts Eccles Colts Preston G/Hoppers Colts 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 RESULTS W D 1 0 2 1 1 1 0 9 9 7 6 4 3 1 L 2 3 3 5 7 8 11 POINTS F A 275 132 143 373 143 230 212 207 228 208 187 188 5 20 -1 TOTALS DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 52 50 44 40 28 176 316 -140 27 166 423 -257 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 1 2 2 -1 ECCLES LADIES & COLTS FIXTURES Date Eccles Ladies 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 08-Sep-19 Darlington 15-Sep-19 Didsbury TOC H 22-Sep-19 29-Sep-19 06-Oct-19 Manchester 27-Oct-19 03-Nov-19 Sefton 10-Nov-19 17-Nov-19 Birkenhead Park 24-Nov-19 Sunderland 01-Dec-19 08-Dec-19 Didsbury TOC H 15-Dec-19 22-Dec-19 29-Dec-18 05-Jan-20 Manchester H 12 - 47L 12-Jan-20 Crewe & Nantwich H 5 - 24L 19-Jan-20 26-Jan-20 02-Feb-20 Sefton 09-Feb-20 16-Feb-20 23-Feb-20 Birkenhead Park 30-Feb-20 01-Mar-20 Sunderland 08-Mar-20 Birkenhead Park 15-Mar-20 Darlington 22-Mar-20 29-Mar-20 05-Apr-20 12-Apr-20 19-Apr-20 A 66 - 0L H P - P A 17 - 25W H 31 - 25W H Makos Kendal Tarleton Preston Grasshoppers H A A 34 - 26L A 39 - 17L WO P - P 34 - 26L 39 - 17L A Post H 20 - 19W A 43 - 14L 13-Oct-19 Crewe & Nantwich A 86 - 10L 20-Oct-19 H 26 - 36W A 5 - 31W H 79 - 10W A 17 - 0L Preston Grasshoppers A 22 - 29W H Wigan Birkenhead Park Bury HW A 26 - 11L H 5 - 15L Senior Colts Tarleton Wigan Birkenhead Park Colts Cup - Southport Bury Makos Kendal HA Results H Post A 53 - 26L H 12 - 16L H A 28 - 28D H 17 - 22L H 5 - 61L
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ECCLES JUNIORS Welcome to this week’s Mini and Junior ‘Rugby Soap Box View’! There’s plenty to ponder over with the corona virus developments affecting international fixtures down to grass roots games. (For those who saw the England v Wales battle, it appears COVID-19 effects prop forwards in a different way! Cheeky Joe!) Last Saturday, the club hosted our sponsors with hospitality on the balcony, as the U7s braved the cold on the pitch as mascots! The previous Sunday saw the club open its doors to over 300 juniors and their supporting parents/carers who at last overcame the recent weather to enjoy some rugby! The kitchen was stretched to the max, but, Marie and her band of volunteers did it without any self-isolation! My point is this - we rallied as a collective to provide players young and old with an opportunity to enjoy the sport we love. Junior rugby now underpins many established clubs who have, sadly, suffered the loss of several of their senior teams and are now reliant on their youth and ladies sections with Sunday sessions propping up clubs across the country. To see at first-hand how this relates to the future of Eccles provides mixed emotions as an ex-first team player but, with such a vibrant junior section the emphasis to continue to nurture our future senior players remains more important than ever. Our U14s who are set to Tour Worcester in April have just secured a new team sponsor, and are also in the quarter final of the Lancs Plate this Sunday away at Littleborough - Good Luck lads. The U16s have two Lancashire representatives and are also set to compete in their own Lancs Cup quarter final this Sunday. Our other age groups are growing in numbers and strength and are fortunate to have some wonderful coaches and managers with some amazing support from our administrative staff. So, can a rugby club survive on a successful junior section alone? Some say of course it can. Enjoy your rugby this weekend! Paul Fleming, M&J Chairman, Eccles RFC ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS
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BILL LOWE - OBITUARY Bill Lowe 1931-2020 It is with great sadness that we announce that our long serving, loyal member Bill Lowe passed away suddenly at home last Wednesday morning. He was 88. Bill joined Eccles RFC in 1948 as a local 18 year old, the year the club moved to Gorton Street and the same year Harry Broomhead and Ken Faulkner joined. Bill was our oldest past player and one of the last of the old players who were affectionally first labelled “ the fossils” when they grouped together on Saturdays and Mondays in the corner area of the club and then at the side of the bar. Between his playing career and taking on his many administrative positions, Bill was often away from the Club in the seventies and eighties pursuing business opportunities both in the UK and abroad. On Bill and Pauline’s permanent return to Manchester, Bill’s final venture Metremix Concrete appears in the 1993 club handbook and stayed there until he sold the business upon his retirement. Bill’s entrepreneurship and humour shine through with marketing gems such as “Willmix” and “William the Concretor” a title he took great pleasure answering the phone with. From being a regular first team second rower, Bill went on to serve on the Committee over three decades from 1993 until 2019. Bill was our club’s Lancashire representative for two decades from 2000 until 2019 and also served on the Lancashire Cup Committee. Bill was regular member of the Eccles balcony support and attended our recent home fixture v Bolton. He will be missed. Funeral details: 12noon, Wednesday 18th March at Altrincham Crematorium WA14 5RH
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE Dear Members, We appreciate many of you will have concerns regarding the evolving COVID-19 situation and its influence on public gatherings and sporting events. We understand the trust you place in the club every time you and your family visit our facilities. Until we are advised otherwise, fixtures for Minis, Juniors, Colts and Seniors will continue. Our annual end of season presentations and our fund-raising marquee events in May are still planned to go ahead. Our social media and website will be updated with any change. You can also help us to communicate quickly and easily with you by ensuring your contact details are up-to-date on the GMS system. Please be assured the cleanliness of our clubhouse is of utmost importance. All volunteers willing lend a hand to help share the burden of maintaining our already rigorous cleaning standards will be welcomed. Thank you for your continued support during these uncertain and unprecedented times. The latest information and advice is available via the Government website and updated daily https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public Eccles RFC Committee. SPONSORSHIP AND FUNDING Eccles RFC is run by dedicated volunteers. With over 120 years behind us we are a resilient, ambitious, progressive, inclusive, community rugby club and welcome support from businesses who share our ambition and passion. Sponsorship opportunities 2019/20 Community Coaching sponsorship - £15k Platinum Club Sponsorship - £10k Duke of Edinburgh Award Sponsorship - £10k Senior Team Sponsorship - £5k Junior Team Sponsorship - £3k Pitch-side Advertising boards - £500 Programme advertisement - £250 Senior Player Sponsorship - £150 Our sponsorship packages are flexible. For more information please email us at sponsorship@ecclesrfc.org.uk 1897 You can raise money for Eccles RFC every time you shop online by using EasyFundraising.co.uk Just register on the website, name us as your cause and shop as normal. The club receives a donation for the purchases you make. Easy.
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CLUB INFORMATION PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend. This is officially our 122nd anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 71 years we’ve always had our home in this community. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; teams for Mini’s, Juniors, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Men means you can come down to the club Saturday or Sunday and be entertained. The 1XV gained promotion last year playing attacking rugby with renewed conviction, something which we hope cascades down through the club this season. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our talented Home-Grown colts stepping up to play in the seniors this coming year alongside our new recruits. For the start of the new season the club has installed a new 3G artificial turf floodlit training area which all teams will benefit and the technical area on the edge of the first team pitch has also been replaced and expanded meaning that some players will not even get mud on their boots ! The club would also like to thank all the volunteers for their dedicated effort. We’d not be able to operate without their contributions. I can’t name all them all as I’m limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. We also now offer ‘Walking Rugby’ on Monday night at 7pm which, for those who’d like to give it a try, has no age, gender, or ability limitations. I would also like to thank our volunteers who operate our DofE section which complements the ethos of rugby and offers so much to young people in their future life. Congratulations to the groups who have achieved their Bronze, Silver or Gold award this year. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. Our clubhouse bar is CAMRA award-winning and (for those over the age of 18) I’m informed has a fine selection of match refreshments. Mark Dutton, President, Eccles RFC
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club. I would like to offer a warm welcome to Bolton Rugby Union Football Club, who like ourselves are experiencing a mixed season. Bolton, have suffered 5 losses in a row, the latest being De La Salle 19-33 and currently sit 11th in the league with 32 points. Eccles are 13th with 27 points and both teams will no doubt see today's contest as an important winnable fixture. When they last met Eccles began well, only for errors and missed opportunities to hand Bolton a 28-20 victory. Although Eccles have 8 games left, we still have 6 of the top 7 teams to play. Our never say die attitude claimed a bonus point in defeat at Aspull and will need to keep this battling spirit up until the season ends, as a mere 6 points will take us into 10th place and out of the relegation zone. At Eccles we believe in Rugby for all and we take pride in our Home-Grown principles. Our Junior programme regularly produces talented young players and last year we were delighted to see eight Eccles lads wear the red rose of Lancashire. Boys are not the whole story either, as our Men’s and Ladies sections share the same belief and commitment to player propagation. We achieve everything we do in, and for, our community, through the efforts of dedicated volunteers and the generous support of sponsors who share our ambition and passion. Thank you to all our referees, who like players, work during the week and then step out onto the field to officiate. They do their jobs under pressure and I would encourage rugby spectators and staff to understand and be more appreciative of their role in rugby. Without them we would not have the games today. Cheers Thorpey HEAD COACH NOTES Firstly I would like to extend a warm welcome to Gorton Street from myself and the players to the travelling sides from Bolton and Keswick. The 1XV welcome old rivals Bolton RUFC in the latest chapter in a saga that has seen both teams compete for titles in their pursuit of level 6 rugby. Early in the season, the reverse fixture did not disappoint, with both teams in good form our opponents today ultimately came out on top, fighting back from 3-10 down after 20 mins, to win 28-20. A fiercely contested fixture is always a given when these two sides meet and it is my hope that this time the result again favours the home side. The 1XV are beginning to rise from a midseason slump and with Gavin back on try scoring form and Reece James adding impact in the centres expectation is again high for the Gorton Street faithful. Our 2XV had equal misfortune when making the trip to Keswick early in the year but have also recently found some consistency in availability and an upturn in results. With both senior sides at home we are expecting to see this form translate into results. A consistent pack combining a mixture of experience and youth, feeding a backline steered by the talismanic former 1XV vice captain Freddy Oakey is sure to excite the spectators. The best of luck to all of those wearing the blue and white of Eccles this afternoon. I look forward to greeting you into the clubhouse afterwards where you can enjoy our hospitality and the 6 Nations championship.
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MENS LEAGUE TABLES ECCLES MEN 1XV NORTHERN DIVISION NORTH TWO WEST Manchester Rochdale Glossop Leigh Anselmians Southport De la Salle (Salford) Aspull Aspatria Tarleton Bolton Winnington Park Eccles Sefton GAMES RESULTS P W D L POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 18 16 0 2 684 223 461 79 14 1 18 15 1 2 511 283 228 73 11 0 17 14 1 2 489 257 232 70 11 1 18 11 2 5 525 395 130 61 11 2 18 11 0 7 511 433 78 56 7 18 18 18 18 18 17 18 18 18 8 1 9 380 481 -101 43 6 9 0 9 334 502 -168 39 2 7 0 11 398 516 -118 39 6 6 0 12 440 437 3 35 4 5 0 1 352 483 -131 33 7 6 1 10 378 447 -69 32 5 5 0 13 397 572 -175 31 6 5 0 13 376 526 -150 27 5 4 0 14 298 518 -220 25 4 5 3 1 5 7 6 1 5 2 5 ECCLES MEN 2XV County Courier Services Division 2 North Orrell 2XV Littleborough 2XV Leigh 2XV Tarleton 2XV Aldwinians 2XV Keswick 2XV Leyland Warriors 1XV West Park (St. Helens) 2XV Southport 2XV De La Salle (Salford) 2XV Eccles 2XV Oldham 2XV GAMES P W D L RESULTS POINTS F TOTALS 15 11 1 3 539 227 312 61 0 15 15 15 15 13 13 15 16 14 14 16 9 0 6 273 291 -18 53 0 9 0 6 404 240 164 52 0 8 0 7 262 250 12 51 0 9 0 6 372 281 91 44 0 7 1 5 309 136 173 42 0 7 0 6 237 216 21 42 0 6 0 9 234 311 -77 41 0 6 0 10 264 438 -174 39 0 5 2 7 297 353 -56 37 0 5 0 9 280 377 -97 34 0 4 0 12 218 569 -351 29 0 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 0 2 2 4 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 MENS FIXTURES-RESULTS Date Mens 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 Aldwinians - CUP A 07-Sep-19 Southport 14-Sep-19 Tarleton 28-Sep-19 Aspatria 05-Oct-19 Anselmians 12-Oct-19 Aspull 19-Oct-19 Bolton 26-Oct-19 De La Salle 02-Nov-19 09-Nov-19 Manchester 16-Nov-19 Glossop 23-Nov-19 Leigh 30-Nov-19 07-Dec-19 Rochdale 14-Dec-19 Sefton 21-Dec-19 28-Dec-18 04-Jan-20 Tarleton 18-Jan-20 Aspatria 25-Jan-20 01-Feb-20 Anselmians 08-Feb-20 Aspull 15-Feb-20 Bolton 22-Feb-20 29-Feb-20 De La Salle 07-Mar-20 Manchester 14-Mar-20 Glossop 21-Mar-20 Leigh 28-Mar-20 Rochdale 04-Apr-20 Sefton 11-Apr-20 18-Apr-20 Southport 25-Apr-20 A 29 - 64W H 37 - 35W 21-Sep-19 Winnington Park A 49 - 25L H 16 - 10W A 29 - 12L H 46 - 22W A 28 - 20L H 15 - 17L H 52 - 22L A 24 - 00L H 22 - 33L A 22 - 10L H 10 - 22L A 17 - 10L 11-Jan-20 Winnington Park H 12 - 37L A 41 - 5L H 24 - 22W A 37 - 26L H A H H A H A H Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians 2XV Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV A 15 - 19W H 7 - 38W A P - P A 43 - 0L H A A H A West Park (St. Helens) H Leyland Warriors 1XV A Mens 2XV HA Results Leyland Warriors 1XV H Post Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle 2XV Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV H 35 - 29W A 17 - 00L H 12 - 29L H 12 - 38L A 52 - 07L H 6 - 21L H 7 - 17L A 17 - 58W H 26 - 35L West Park (St. Helens) A 21 - 10L
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Eccles 2XV Keswick 2XV 1. Jack Robbins 2. John Hibbert 3. Rich Owen 4. Callum Burns 5. Callum Brady 6. Tom Mayo 7. Nathan Ayres 8. Ross Eaton # 9. Freddie Oakey 10. Alex Speakman 11. Tim Balogun # 12. Fin Cox # 13. Javi Manzanares 14. George Mistades-Johnson 15. Will Parkinson # 16. Simon Rodgers # 17. Sean Baines # 18. Jay Christey #Home-Grown at Eccles RFC 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. TBA TODAY’S REFEREE: Alan Woods (MADREFS) TEAM SHEETS ECCLES SENIOR COLTS The final league position at the end of the senior colts Halbro League saw us finish in 5th place in pool D with a total of 27 points. The pool was won by Birkenhead Park who beat us at the start of the season 16 – 12, close enough to gain a bonus point. The league has proved intriguing as there were surprise defeats for most of the sides. It has been a very competitive league and we have at times struggled to put out a full team of 15, dropping down to 13 at times. Our lads have been playing squads with up to 22 players and under the new RFU rules requiring all players to have a half game Eccles regularly faced nearly half a team with fresh legs. Games in the early part of the season meant we regularly played one man down until the rules changed at half term which meant that both teams had to play equal number of players. We have remained competitive all season in spite of our numbers which is a reflection of the skills and commitment of our players. We have bravely represented Eccles and fulfilled all our fixtures – a credit to the team and the club. We now move on to the cup games and with a bit of good fortune who knows what will happen next! Lancashire U18 Colts Trophy Semi-Final Eccles v Aldwinians Sunday 15th March Kick Off 2.00pm at Eccles RFC • Next season Eccles Senior Colts will compete in the NW Colts League Senior D • We train with the Seniors every Tuesday and Thursday 19:00 - 20:30. • Our fixtures are Sundays KO 14:00. • We are a combined U17/U18 Senior Colts team. • We are the 2018/19 NW Colts League Senior D Division Champions and the 2018/19 Lancashire & Cheshire Senior Colts Plate Winners (We were defeated Finalists in the 2018/19 Lancashire Senior Colts Trophy) • Our pre-season training starts 18th June. • Our commitment this season is to work hard and enjoy our development towards Senior Rugby. As such there will be opportunites throughout the season to play Saturday senior rugby as part of a structured transition into the adult game. • Our fixtures, results and contact details for our coaches and manager can all be found in the drop down tabs above. • Come down and join us. New players, regardless of experience, are always welcome. • To register (as a new player or new club member) please contact the club. • To pay club membership fees for the season click this link Annual Membership • For team news please follow @EcclesRFC and @EcclesColts on Twitter.
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ECCLES LADIES Eccles travelled away to Table Leaders Sefton, hoping for a win given such a close game at their last encounter. Although the Eccles defence seemed to be strong from the kick-off, it quickly became apparent why Sefton stand at the top of the table, with a quick try down the right wing. This seemed to become the story of the 1st half, with Sefton exploiting any space down the Eccles wings; with a total of 6 opposition tries scored before the break. However, not all of these were scored with ease, with Rebecca, Mikayla, Jo and Pippa all making superb tackles to slow down the play from Sefton and make life difficult for them to attack. Eccles seemed to have a better mind set going into the 2nd half, with great attacking plays from Mikayla, Jess and Sara in the backs, and from Leah, Karen and Rebecca in the forwards threatening the Sefton defence, giving the hope of several possible try scoring opportunities. For 10 minutes play was firmly in the Sefton half. However, it seemed that Eccles were beginning to tire, with several Sefton tries being scored in quick succession, mainly down the wings, where the opposition quick backs flourished. Great kicking from Sara and Mikayla kept pressure from the Eccles line at bay when required, pushing play further up field. Fantastic footwork from Hannah and Mikayla kept Sefton on their toes, and quite often several opposition players were required to make the tackle. However, the effort from Eccles was unable to be converted to points and only Sefton were able to put points on the board (with 6 2nd half tries being scored). Eccles struggled against the table leaders, never really getting into the game, but did display some periods of excellent play that exhibit their potential. FT: 0-66 Forward of the Match: Pippa Back of the Match: Jo
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ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES ECCLES LADIES WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP NORTH TWO Sefton Ladies Crewe & Nantwich Ladies Manchester Ladies Darlington Ladies Didsbury TOC H Ladies Eccles Ladies Birkenhead Park Ladies Sunderland Ladies GAMES P 11 11 11 9 7 11 8 10 RESULTS W D 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 9 8 6 5 3 3 2 1 L 1 3 3 4 4 8 6 8 POINTS F A 379 137 242 295 116 179 299 175 124 182 181 119 137 1 -18 TOTALS DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 47 40 35 24 15 202 387 -185 15 156 272 -116 10 129 356 -227 8 9 8 7 4 3 3 2 2 ECCLES SENIOR COLTS Conference League-Senior D GAMES Senior Colts Senior D (U18's) Birkenhead Park Colts Kendal Colts P Bury Colts Makos Colts Eccles Colts Wigan Colts Preston G/Hoppers Colts 11 11 11 11 12 11 11 RESULTS W D 9 8 7 6 3 4 1 L 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 3 3 5 8 7 10 POINTS F A 275 132 143 307 136 171 212 207 228 208 5 20 -1 TOTALS DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 49 45 41 37 176 316 -140 27 187 188 25 159 357 -198 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 2 1 2 -1 ECCLES LADIES & COLTS FIXTURES Date Eccles Ladies 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 08-Sep-19 Darlington 15-Sep-19 Didsbury TOC H 22-Sep-19 29-Sep-19 06-Oct-19 Manchester 27-Oct-19 03-Nov-19 Sefton 10-Nov-19 17-Nov-19 Birkenhead Park 24-Nov-19 Sunderland 01-Dec-19 08-Dec-19 Didsbury TOC H 15-Dec-19 22-Dec-19 29-Dec-18 05-Jan-20 Manchester H 12 - 47L 12-Jan-20 Crewe & Nantwich H 5 - 24L 19-Jan-20 26-Jan-20 02-Feb-20 Sefton 09-Feb-20 16-Feb-20 23-Feb-20 Birkenhead Park 30-Feb-20 01-Mar-20 Sunderland 08-Mar-20 15-Mar-20 Darlington 22-Mar-20 29-Mar-20 05-Apr-20 12-Apr-20 19-Apr-20 A 66 - 0L H A H Makos Kendal Tarleton A Preston Grasshoppers H A 34 - 26L 39 - 17L P - P A 39 - 17L WO A Post H 20 - 19W A 43 - 14L 13-Oct-19 Crewe & Nantwich A 86 - 10L 20-Oct-19 H 26 - 36W A 5 - 31W H 79 - 10W A 17 - 0L Preston Grasshoppers A 22 - 29W H Wigan Birkenhead Park Bury HW A 26 - 11L H 5 - 15L Senior Colts Tarleton Wigan Birkenhead Park Colts Cup - Southport Bury Makos Kendal HA Results H Post A 53 - 26L H 12 - 16L H A 28 - 28D H 17 - 22L H 5 - 61L
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ECCLES JUNIORS Welcome to Eccles RFC mini and junior section and this week’s ‘grass roots view!’ Today’s first team opponents are Bolton to whom we wish a warm welcome. As the 6 nations is well underway, rivalries amplify with intensity and some good old traditional encounters hand the bragging rights to the victors! In similar contests down the years, the Eccles v Bolton fixture has provided a variety of talking points and this is continued amongst the junior ranks, I’m pleased to say! Such is the nature of this wonderful game, current form swings from one team then back to the other but, rest assured they will both be having a real go at one another! I’ve watched our U14s secure both home and away wins this season against Bolton well as our U16s beating the same opponents in an early cup round. With the exception of the U15s this Sunday, who are playing Clitheroe, the other age groups take on West Lancashire opposition; Liverpool Collegiate and Ormskirk respectively. Both are well established clubs and our fixtures against them have yielded some fine games down the years, and not too dissimilar any Bolton game, current form and bragging rights are all to play for! The most pleasing aspect for all the clubs I’ve mentioned is their continuing ability (and fortune!) to field good sized squads in most age groups at a time when, collectively, we are set to lose players back to RL or sadly, lose players from the game altogether. Regardless of local rivalries, the important thing here is to maintain this position so that we can enjoy our toe-to-toe encounters for many years to come! The minis and juniors train each weds from 6.30pm onwards. All welcome, regardless of ability! So, please enjoy your experience of our club and its hospitality and I thank you for your support! Good luck to all this weekend. Paul Fleming Mini and Junior Section Chair ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE Eccles and Bolton have enjoyed some memorable matches over the years and thanks to this October 1997 Match programme, donated to the archives by Eccles RFC Hon. Treasurer Mike Bateman, we have an insight to the fixture at Gorton Street 22 years ago. Matt Bateman, Mike’s son, played at 13 that day and went on to play Rugby League professionally. For the record, Eccles won 22-7 and went on to win the away fixture 16-20 at Bolton in January too. Eccles played a total of 30 games in 1997/98 season with a tally of W14 D1 L16; the club President was Harry Broomhead and our chairman was a much younger Mark Dutton. Many members will no doubt recognise several familiar names on the sheet, some of whom continue their commitment to the club today as volunteer junior team coaches. Former Eccles Captain Paul Fleming remarked "There’s some interesting selections there!" Former Vice Captain and Eccles Fly-half Martin Ogden recalled “I was sent off in this game for getting whacked. Glen will claim I was knocked out, but that’s because he was replaced by Darren Cunliffe.” And Bolton’s number 10 that day, Mike Ince, who went on to play for Eccles, recollects "this was the game that Glen got me sinned binned!”. Mr Cahill has declined to comment, which is most unlike him. SPONSORSHIP AND FUNDING Eccles RFC is run by dedicated volunteers. With over 120 years behind us we are a resilient, ambitious, progressive, inclusive, community rugby club and welcome support from businesses who share our ambition and passion. Sponsorship opportunities 2019/20 Community Coaching sponsorship - £15k Platinum Club Sponsorship - £10k Duke of Edinburgh Award Sponsorship - £10k Senior Team Sponsorship - £5k Junior Team Sponsorship - £3k Pitch-side Advertising boards - £500 Programme advertisement - £250 Senior Player Sponsorship - £150 Our sponsorship packages are flexible. For more information please email us at sponsorship@ecclesrfc.org.uk 1897 You can raise money for Eccles RFC every time you shop online by using EasyFundraising.co.uk Just register on the website, name us as your cause and shop as normal. The club receives a donation for the purchases you make. Easy.
Eccles v Anselmians

ECCLES RFC PROG 01/02/2020


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CLUB INFORMATION PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend. This is officially our 122nd anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 71 years we’ve always had our home in this community. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; teams for Mini’s, Juniors, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Men means you can come down to the club Saturday or Sunday and be entertained. The 1XV gained promotion last year playing attacking rugby with renewed conviction, something which we hope cascades down through the club this season. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our talented Home-Grown colts stepping up to play in the seniors this coming year alongside our new recruits. For the start of the new season the club has installed a new 3G artificial turf floodlit training area which all teams will benefit and the technical area on the edge of the first team pitch has also been replaced and expanded meaning that some players will not even get mud on their boots ! The club would also like to thank all the volunteers for their dedicated effort. We’d not be able to operate without their contributions. I can’t name all them all as I’m limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. We also now offer ‘Walking Rugby’ on Monday night at 7pm which, for those who’d like to give it a try, has no age, gender, or ability limitations. I would also like to thank our volunteers who operate our DofE section which complements the ethos of rugby and offers so much to young people in their future life. Congratulations to the groups who have achieved their Bronze, Silver or Gold award this year. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. Our clubhouse bar is CAMRA award-winning and (for those over the age of 18) I’m informed has a fine selection of match refreshments. Mark Dutton, President, Eccles RFC
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club. I would like to offer a warm welcome to Anselmians Rugby Union Football Club. Before the leagues were introduced, Anselmians were a regular fixture for Eccles, but we had not played them for many years until we visited their temporary ground at Rivacre Road last October. Supporters will recall an entertaining game that Anselmians won 29-12. But the game was closer than the score suggests, Eccles started well, but dropped off in the middle of the first half, with Anselmians taking full advantage. Eccles came back late on in the second half, with Anselmians receiving a red card, but it was all too little too late, with Anselmians taking a late try with Eccles throwing caution to the wind in search of valuable points. Their last match they were surprisingly beaten for a second time by De La Salle 18-20, a similar margin to our home defeat to De La Salle 15-17, a match we could and should have won. Eccles must see this as a game to be taken and get back to that early run of form, finishing the league how we started. We believe in Rugby for all and we take pride in our Home-Grown principles. Our Junior programme regularly produces talented young players and last year we were delighted to see eight Eccles lads wear the red rose of Lancashire. Boys are not the whole story either, as our Men’s and Ladies sections share the same belief and commitment to player propagation. We achieve everything we do in, and for, our community, through the efforts of dedicated volunteers and the generous support of sponsors who share our ambition and passion. Thank you to all our referees, who like players, work during the week and then step out onto the field to officiate. They do their jobs under pressure and I would encourage rugby spectators and staff to understand and be more appreciative of their role in rugby. Without them we would not have the games today. Cheers, Thorpey HEAD COACH NOTES Hello and welcome to everyone visiting Gorton Street today. The club has the 1XV at home this Saturday facing Anselmians and on Sunday, our Senior Colts are entertaining Preston Grasshoppers Senior Colts here at Gorton Street. The 1XV will certainly be looking to return to winning ways today after recent poor form despite losing against Aspatria last time out, a game in which our opponents played well and successfully prevented us from scoring apart from a solitary try despite our best efforts. Our defeats against Sefton, Tarleton and Aspatria however, were consistent in our inability to be creative enough or strong enough in the second half to seize control of close contests. In all three of those games we did not capitalise on the early points and pressure we accumulated. Furthermore, the players did not respond well to handling the pressure of the different interpretations of the laws by match officials, week by week. Both things we look to improve upon today as Eccles, after a positive start to the campaign, now find themselves second from the bottom of the table with 4 wins and 12 losses. Our opponents Anselmians, currently in fifth place, arrive in good form with hopes of raising their team even higher up the table. The Senior Colts, are also finding some games tough, but at the same time have made some determined efforts to keep pace with the opposition and are beginning to find good form, this Sunday they have the opportunity with a win to move up the table where they currenty occupy the second from the bottom position. Good Luck to everyone this weekend and thank you for all your support. Sam Simpson, DoR / Head Coach , Eccles RFC
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MENS LEAGUE TABLES ECCLES MEN 1XV NORTHERN DIVISION NORTH TWO WEST Manchester Glossop Rochdale Leigh Anselmians Southport De la Salle (Salford) Bolton Winnington Park Aspatria Aspull Tarleton Eccles Sefton GAMES RESULTS P W D L POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 16 14 0 2 613 211 402 69 12 1 15 13 1 1 452 220 232 65 11 0 16 13 1 2 440 256 184 63 9 16 10 2 4 424 353 71 56 10 2 16 10 0 6 465 389 76 51 7 16 16 15 16 16 16 16 16 16 0 8 1 7 362 429 -67 42 6 8 0 8 294 454 -160 34 1 6 1 8 352 376 -24 32 5 5 0 11 384 455 -71 31 6 5 0 11 385 406 -21 29 3 5 0 11 322 483 -151 29 4 4 0 12 318 442 -124 28 6 4 0 12 326 467 -141 22 4 3 0 13 279 485 -206 21 4 4 2 1 1 5 6 5 6 2 5 ECCLES MEN 2XV County Courier Services Division 2 North Orrell 2XV Littleborough 2XV Tarleton 2XV Leigh 2XV Leyland Warriors 1XV Aldwinians 2XV Keswick 2XV De La Salle (Salford) 2XV Eccles 2XV Southport 2XV Oldham 2XV GAMES 13 14 13 13 11 14 11 13 West Park (St. Helens) 2XV 13 13 14 14 RESULTS P W D L F POINTS TOTALS 9 1 3 475 209 226 51 0 8 1 6 250 271 -21 48 0 8 0 5 228 212 16 47 0 8 0 5 325 205 120 45 0 7 0 4 220 146 74 40 0 8 0 6 334 281 53 39 0 6 0 5 228 110 118 34 0 5 1 7 283 339 -56 34 0 5 0 8 205 281 -76 34 0 5 0 8 280 334 -54 33 0 4 0 10 218 409 -191 29 0 4 0 10 194 443 -249 27 0 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 MENS FIXTURES-RESULTS Date Mens 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 Aldwinians - CUP A 07-Sep-19 Southport 14-Sep-19 Tarleton 28-Sep-19 Aspatria 05-Oct-19 Anselmians 12-Oct-19 Aspull 19-Oct-19 Bolton 26-Oct-19 De La Salle 02-Nov-19 09-Nov-19 Manchester 16-Nov-19 Glossop 23-Nov-19 Leigh 30-Nov-19 07-Dec-19 Rochdale 14-Dec-19 Sefton 21-Dec-19 28-Dec-18 04-Jan-20 Tarleton 18-Jan-20 Aspatria 25-Jan-20 01-Feb-20 Anselmians 08-Feb-20 Aspull 15-Feb-20 Bolton 22-Feb-20 29-Feb-20 De La Salle 07-Mar-20 Manchester 14-Mar-20 Glossop 21-Mar-20 Leigh 28-Mar-20 Rochdale 04-Apr-20 Sefton 11-Apr-20 18-Apr-20 Southport 25-Apr-20 A 29 - 64W H 37 - 35W 21-Sep-19 Winnington Park A 49 - 25L H 16 - 10W A 29 - 12L H 46 - 22W A 28 - 20L H 15 - 17L H 52 - 22L A 24 - 00L H 22 - 33L A 22 - 10L H 10 - 22L A 17 - 10L 11-Jan-20 Winnington Park H 12 - 37L A 41 - 5L H A H A H H A H A H Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians 2XV Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV A 15 - 19W H 7 - 38W A A H A A H A West Park (St. Helens) H Leyland Warriors 1XV A Mens 2XV HA Results Leyland Warriors 1XV H Post Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle 2XV Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV H 35 - 29W A 17 - 00L H 12 - 29L H 12 - 38L A 52 - 07L H 6 - 21L H 7 - 17L A 17 - 58W H 26 - 35L West Park (St. Helens) A 21 - 10L
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Eccles Senior Colts 1. John Saunders 2. Cameron Smollett 3. James Hooker 4. Ollie White 5. Callum Brady 6. Kai Sumner 7. Max Mulligan 8. Ryley Thornton 9. Tom Bates 10. Alex Speakman 11. Cameron MacDonald 12. Joe Molloy 13. Dan Delaney 14. William Timmins 15. Tallis Keeler 16. Peter Adinnu 17. Paul Stringer 18. Jay Christey 19. Josh Stafford 20. Anthony Davis 21. Daniel Reed TODAY’S REFEREE: Paul Meehan (MADREFS) Preston GH Senior Colts TBA TEAM SHEETS ECCLES SENIOR COLTS Last Sunday the Colts travelled to Kendal determined to improve on a 61-5 defeat dished out in October by strong opponent with a dominant pack and build on the momentum of a very good performance against Makos the previous weekend. Kendal sportingly loaned 14-man Eccles a winger to ensure an even-sided contest and the game kicked off in mild conditions on an excellent 1st team pitch surface. Eccles began with intensity and following a terrific turnover in midfield from Flanker Max Mulligan, kept possession and built pressure to pound away at the Kendal line, with tighthead Big John Saunders eventually smashing through the defence to score the opening try with 6 minutes played (0-5). Kendal equalled the score after 10 mins through a driving maul (5-5) and their forwards continued to truck up the middle with a predictable but effective Pick N Go game resulting in a try on 17 mins (12-5). Eccles responded to this set back superbly and through aggressive attacking rugby Dan Delaney scored under the posts to equal the score (12-12). 2 mins to the break the Kendal winger powered down the right evading tackles to put them ahead at the break in a very competitive first half of rugby, with Eccles very much in the game. (17-12 HT) A frustrating start to the second half however saw the Kendal forwards reassert their truck and trailer and, aided by some contentious play, scoring three times in close succession (34-12). Eccles were in no mood to lie down and battled back with admirable persistence taking the game to the hosts, with sustained pressure providing an opportunity for Alex Speakman to weave through to score (34-17) on 57 mins. Eccles' ferocious and committed tackling, pinned the hosts into their own half. A high chop on the resilient Speakman gave Eccles the opportunity to maintain the pressure on Kendal for an exciting end to the game, only for another PNG drive up the middle to result in a home try with 2 mins to go, much to the audible relief of their support. As with many colts fixtures this season, the final score does not do justice to the effort or character of the lads, the majority of whom are U17s playing in a very competitive U18 division. Kendal, who made the very most of their strong pack, were gracious hosts. It was enjoyable game played in good spirit where, in patches a defiant Eccles played some great rugby. (FT 39-17).
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ECCLES LADIES Over the last 21 seasons Eccles RFC Ladies have worked tirelessly to develop the women’s game in the Manchester area. We have been rewarded over the years with promotions, cup runs and country representation. As we enter our 22nd season we are proud offer rugby for women and girls of all ages and abilities. With a club and team ethos of rugby for everyone our qualified and skilled coaches offer a high-quality rugby experience for all whether complete amateur or old pro. After a difficult start to the 2019/20 season we are extremely optimistic about the coming season’s second half with renewed vigour and determination, multiple academy players graduating to the senior side and a strong preseason recruitment drive big things are expected. With the retention of our strong core squad and coaching team it is an exciting time to be an Eccles lady. Eccles are back to winning ways and in style, the ladies returned to the home of an old rival boasting an extremely strong backline, the prospect of a try fest had never been so real. Birkenhead Park Panthers are well known to the Ladies section for their direct confrontational style and relentless physicality but this would not be the way this game was played. Eccles with a point to prove took this game by the scruff of the neck and went about picking apart this Birkenhead Park side with phase after phase of controlled structure combined with glimpses of creative magic, that had the coaches and supporters purring at the possibilities. Final score Birkenhead Park 5 – Eccles Ladies 34. This team continues to grow week on week developing their skills and building on the foundations of comradery and determination engrained in our ethos. Eccles move forward this weekend into another fixture where they will hope to continue on this upwards curve and pick up more back to back victories than since the 2017/18 season. Any enquiries should be directed to james.g.wright@hotmail.com James Wright, Ladies Head Coach, Eccles RFC
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ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES ECCLES LADIES WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP NORTH TWO Sefton Ladies Crewe & Nantwich Ladies Manchester Ladies Darlington Ladies Eccles Ladies Didsbury TOC H Ladies Birkenhead Park Ladies Sunderland Ladies GAMES P 10 10 10 8 10 6 7 9 RESULTS W D 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 8 7 5 5 3 2 2 1 L 1 3 3 3 7 4 5 7 POINTS F A 313 137 176 262 109 153 255 151 104 175 148 27 75 132 228 -43 -96 TOTALS DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 42 35 30 24 202 321 -119 15 118 110 312 -202 10 10 8 8 7 6 4 3 2 2 2 ECCLES SENIOR COLTS Conference League-Senior D Senior Colts Senior D (U18's) Birkenhead Park Colts Bury Colts Kendal Colts Makos Colts Wigan Colts Eccles Colts Preston G/Hoppers Colts GAMES P 10 11 10 10 10 11 10 W 8 7 7 6 4 2 1 RESULTS D 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 POINTS L 2 3 3 4 6 8 9 F 275 212 281 211 187 176 159 A 132 207 119 182 188 316 357 DIFF 100 24 120 -3 23 -110 -154 PTS 44 41 40 36 25 22 16 TOTALS TBP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 LBP 2 0 2 2 1 2 2 ADJ -1 ECCLES LADIES & COLTS FIXTURES Date Eccles Ladies 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 08-Sep-19 Darlington 15-Sep-19 Didsbury TOC H 22-Sep-19 29-Sep-19 06-Oct-19 Manchester 27-Oct-19 03-Nov-19 Sefton 10-Nov-19 17-Nov-19 Birkenhead Park 24-Nov-19 Sunderland 01-Dec-19 08-Dec-19 Didsbury TOC H 15-Dec-19 22-Dec-19 29-Dec-18 05-Jan-20 Manchester H 12 - 47L 12-Jan-20 Crewe & Nantwich H 5 - 24L 19-Jan-20 26-Jan-20 02-Feb-20 Sefton 09-Feb-20 16-Feb-20 23-Feb-20 Birkenhead Park 30-Feb-20 01-Mar-20 Sunderland 08-Mar-20 15-Mar-20 Darlington 22-Mar-20 29-Mar-20 05-Apr-20 12-Apr-20 19-Apr-20 A H A H Makos Kendal Tarleton A A Preston Grasshoppers H A 34 - 26L 39 - 17L A Post H 20 - 19W A 43 - 14L 13-Oct-19 Crewe & Nantwich A 86 - 10L 20-Oct-19 H 26 - 36W A 5 - 31W H 79 - 10W A 17 - 0L Preston Grasshoppers A 22 - 29W H Wigan Birkenhead Park Bury HW A 26 - 11L H 5 - 15L Senior Colts Tarleton Wigan Birkenhead Park Colts Cup - Southport Bury Makos Kendal HA Results H Post A 53 - 26L H 12 - 16L H A 28 - 28D H 17 - 22L H 5 - 61L
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ECCLES JUNIORS Welcome to Eccles RFC mini and junior section and this week’s soap box debate: Another period of rugby controversy unfolds as the details of Saracens salary cap breach emerges, it pleases me to report that a number of our current junior section, and former junior section players have been on active duty representing Lancashire! Wonderful, and a tremendous indictment of the clubs’ philosophy of nurturing ‘Home Grown Talent’. Well done lads! So as these boys seek to enhance their rugby pedigree, I attended the Sale Sharks DPP last Friday evening where we currently have five U14s players under expert coaching, hopeful of emulating our Lancs reps. The level of intensity is apparent as all the players have gone through a selection process, so no new comers to the game here! The point I wish to raise is how this standard of coaching is now reflecting in the performances of the U14s team in particular. They are now on a run of 7 consecutive wins, still in the Lancs Cup and playing some fantastic rugby! There remains a bright future for the club indeed! On Sunday I got to briefly watch our U15s resplendent in their new kit and under the coaching eye of Finn Cox lose a close game 0-19. I then wandered towards the club house to take a look at our U16s who beat a brave Duckinfield on the first team pitch. All of this was taken in after observing en-route the volume of kids now involved in our mini section! In a contradiction of terms between the opening paragraph at the top of the page, it’s with pride I compile this report after seeing the foundations of our sport being properly embraced at junior level. A parent told me recently how much it meant to him after seeing his young son, new to the game, come on as a replacement winger, hugged and congratulated by one of the experienced forwards after he tackled his opponent saving a sure try, in a close fought win! Good luck today…. Whoever it is you’re supporting!! Paul Fleming, Mini and Junior Section Chair ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE ‘Recognition’ Part 5 of the Eccles RFC WW2 Story. ‘S. Rider 1903’ - Pictured Right Centre The outbreak of war in September 1939 led many men and women of the district to volunteer for duties that would assist the war effort, especially on the Home Front. The club’s archives contain a letter from member Sam Rider, dated Nov 1939, apologising for his absence at committee meetings due to his commitment in the evenings to voluntary ARP (Air Raid Precaution) work - a high risk occupation in an Industrial area targeted by enemy bombers. At the committee meeting of 1st December 1939 Hon. Treasurer Arthur Gilbody, tabled a motion that Mr S.R.Rider be elected as a the very first Honorary Life Member of the Club. Supported by Norman Bisbey (Chairman) and Tom Povey (Captain) it was unanimously carried in recognition of Sam’s active association with Eccles for over 50 years. In his youth Sam had been a regular player at Eccles until 1914 when WW1 had suspended Rugby fixtures. A published match report dated 23rd December 1903 described an 8th successive victory for Eccles with Sam scoring one of the tries to defeat Manchester Welsh. Between the wars Sam served as Eccles Chairman (1925-1937), then President and County Representative, duties it was noted Sam "discharged with characteristic cheerfulness”. As the German U-Boats torpedoed shipping convoys in British waters and the Government were preparing to announce rationing would include butter, bacon and sugar, Mr Gilbody wrote to Mr Rider on 23rd December 1939 to inform him of the news. During 1940, Sam steadfastly continued his enforcement of blackouts and trusted service to Eccles RFC by becoming a Trustee of the club's funds, alongside Norman Shaw, ensuring its survival through the Blitz to the end of the war. Sam Rider, a responsible dependable man, we salute you. 1897 September 2009, marked a tragic event in the club’s history when Christopher TIckle, whilst playing for Eccles RFC, suffered a severe neck injury and sadly died in hospital three weeks later. Chris was a popular 23 year old with a great love of life and sports, an infectious sense of humour, a willingness to help others and was about to begin studying at Salford University. In March 2010 he was posthumously awarded The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award by HRH Prince Phillip. As a tribute to Christopher, Eccles RFC was to become the first rugby club in the country to establish its own DofE awards programme in 2011 and continues honour his memory each year with its Club Person of the Year Award and fundraising activities in aid of spinal injuries research. This season, in recognition of the 10th Anniversary, the annual Christmas Christopher Tickle Memorial Cup match will take on a special significance. More details on this event to follow later in the year.
Eccles v Winnington Park

ECCLES RFC PROG 11/01/2020


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CLUB INFORMATION PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend. This is officially our 122nd anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 71 years we’ve always had our home in this community. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; teams for Mini’s, Juniors, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Men means you can come down to the club Saturday or Sunday and be entertained. The 1XV gained promotion last year playing attacking rugby with renewed conviction, something which we hope cascades down through the club this season. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our talented Home-Grown colts stepping up to play in the seniors this coming year alongside our new recruits. For the start of the new season the club has installed a new 3G artificial turf floodlit training area which all teams will benefit and the technical area on the edge of the first team pitch has also been replaced and expanded meaning that some players will not even get mud on their boots ! The club would also like to thank all the volunteers for their dedicated effort. We’d not be able to operate without their contributions. I can’t name all them all as I’m limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. We also now offer ‘Walking Rugby’ on Monday night at 7pm which, for those who’d like to give it a try, has no age, gender, or ability limitations. I would also like to thank our volunteers who operate our DofE section which complements the ethos of rugby and offers so much to young people in their future life. Congratulations to the groups who have achieved their Bronze, Silver or Gold award this year. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. Our clubhouse bar is CAMRA award-winning and (for those over the age of 18) I’m informed has a fine selection of match refreshments. Mark Dutton, President, Eccles RFC
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club. I would like to offer a warm welcome and a Happy New year to Winnington Park Rugby Union Club and all our club members in this first home game of 2020. The last time both clubs met back in September, Winnington Park were flattered by a 49-25 victory, which does not reflect a hard fort game from both sides. Following a good start to the season, Eccles have hit a bad losing streak, and need to re-find that winning formula for this second half of the season, as we currently sit 3rd from the bottom. There is still a lot to play for, as a mere 5 points would take us to 8th place and a midtable position. On Sunday we welcome Crewe & Nantwich Ladies to Gorton street. Eccles Ladies have improved as the season goes on and this will prove a good test as Crewe and Nantwich were victors by 86-10 when we met each other back in October. We believe in Rugby for all and we take pride in our Home-Grown principles. Our Junior programme regularly produces talented young players and last year we were delighted to see eight Eccles lads wear the red rose of Lancashire. Boys are not the whole story either, as our Men’s and Ladies sections share the same belief and commitment to player propagation. We achieve everything we do in, and for, our community, through the efforts of dedicated volunteers and the generous support of sponsors who share our ambition and passion. Thank you to all our referees, who like players, work during the week and then step out onto the field to officiate. They do their jobs under pressure and I would encourage rugby spectators and staff to understand and be more appreciative of their role in rugby. Without them we would not have the games today. Cheers Thorpey HEAD COACH NOTES Hello and welcome to everyone visiting Gorton Street today at our first home fixture of 2020. The club has the 1XV at home this Saturday facing Winnington Park and on Sunday, the Ladies are entertaining Crewe & Nantwich here at Gorton Street. The 1XV will certainly be looking to return to winning ways today after recent poor form despite losing against Winnington Park earlier in the season, a game in which both sides played well but the opposition just had the edge in the second half. Our defeats against Rochdale, Sefton and Tarleton however, were consistent in our inability to be creative enough or strong enough in the second half to seize control of close contests. In all three of those games we did not capitalise on the early points and pressure we accumulated. Furthermore, the players did not respond well to handling the pressure of the different interpretations of the laws by match officials, week by week. Both things we look to improve upon today as Eccles, after a positive start to the campaign, now find themselves third from the bottom of the table with 4 wins and 10 losses. Our opponents Winnington Park, currently in ninth place, arrive in good form with hopes of raising their team even higher. The Ladies 1XV, are also finding some games tough such as Manchester away last weekend but at the same time have had some good wins against Sefton, Birkenhead Park and Sunderland and are finding good form this season, they have the opportunity with a win on Sunday to move up the table where they currenty occupy the fifth position. Good Luck to everyone this weekend and thank you for all your support. Sam Simpson, DoR / Head Coach , Eccles RFC
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MENS LEAGUE TABLES ECCLES MEN 1XV NORTHERN DIVISION NORTH TWO WEST Manchester Rochdale Glossop Leigh Anselmians Southport Bolton De la Salle (Salford) Winnington Park Tarleton Aspatria Eccles Sefton Aspull GAMES RESULTS P W D L POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 14 12 0 2 550 204 346 60 11 1 14 12 1 1 373 211 162 57 7 13 11 1 1 378 210 168 55 9 14 14 14 13 14 13 14 14 14 14 13 8 2 4 365 309 56 46 8 9 0 5 410 41 69 45 6 7 1 6 311 372 -61 37 5 6 1 6 312 310 2 3 4 6 0 8 251 414 -163 26 1 4 0 9 332 383 -51 26 5 4 0 10 283 366 -83 26 5 4 0 10 322 378 -56 23 2 4 0 10 309 389 -80 22 4 3 0 11 266 392 -126 21 4 3 0 10 260 443 -183 18 2 0 0 2 3 2 1 1 5 5 5 2 5 4 ECCLES MEN 2XV County Courier Services Division 2 North Leigh 2XV Orrell 2XV Tarleton 2XV Littleborough 2XV Aldwinians 2XV Keswick 2XV Leyland Warriors 1XV West Park (St. Helens) 2XV De La Salle (Salford) 2XV Eccles 2XV Southport 2XV Oldham 2XV GAMES 12 11 11 11 11 9 9 12 10 11 12 11 P W D L RESULTS POINTS F TOTALS 8 0 4 325 205 120 45 0 7 1 3 377 192 185 41 0 7 0 4 203 171 32 41 0 7 0 4 201 193 8 40 0 7 0 4 281 218 63 32 0 6 0 3 190 62 128 31 0 5 0 4 182 34 48 30 0 4 0 8 167 281 -114 29 0 4 1 5 218 240 -22 27 0 3 0 8 223 312 -89 23 0 3 0 9 189 350 -161 23 0 3 0 8 144 342 -198 20 0 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 1 0 2 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 MENS FIXTURES-RESULTS Date Mens 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 Aldwinians - CUP A 07-Sep-19 Southport 14-Sep-19 Tarleton 28-Sep-19 Aspatria 05-Oct-19 Anselmians 12-Oct-19 Aspull 19-Oct-19 Bolton 26-Oct-19 De La Salle 02-Nov-19 09-Nov-19 Manchester 16-Nov-19 Glossop 23-Nov-19 Leigh 30-Nov-19 07-Dec-19 Rochdale 14-Dec-19 Sefton 21-Dec-19 28-Dec-18 04-Jan-20 Tarleton 25-Jan-20 01-Feb-20 Anselmians 08-Feb-20 Aspull 15-Feb-20 Bolton 22-Feb-20 29-Feb-20 De La Salle 07-Mar-20 Manchester 14-Mar-20 Glossop 21-Mar-20 Leigh 28-Mar-20 Rochdale 04-Apr-20 Sefton 11-Apr-20 18-Apr-20 Southport 25-Apr-20 A 29 - 64W H 37 - 35W 21-Sep-19 Winnington Park A 49 - 25L H 16 - 10W A 29 - 12L H 46 - 22W A 28 - 20L H 15 - 17L H 52 - 22L A 24 - 00L H 22 - 33L A 22 - 10L H 10 - 22L A 17 - 10L 11-Jan-20 Winnington Park H 18-Jan-20 Aspatria A H A H A H H A H A H Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians 2XV Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV A H A A H A A H A West Park (St. Helens) H Leyland Warriors 1XV A Mens 2XV HA Results Leyland Warriors 1XV H Post Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle 2XV Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV H 35 - 29W A 17 - 00L H 12 - 29L H 12 - 38L A 52 - 07L H 6 - 21L H 7 - 17L A 17 - 58W H 26 - 35L West Park (St. Helens) A 21 - 10L
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Eccles Ladies 1XV 1. Bonnie Fleming 2. Karen Radband 3. Heather Finch 4. Siobhan Mullen (C) 5. Kathy Kinahan 6. Mollie Young # 7. Rebecca Roden # 8. Freya Waterhouse # 9. Sheena Jamieson 10. Sara Davis 11. Jess Whitling # 12. Georgia Cunliffe # 13. Mikayla Hale 14. Lowri Jones 15. Mia Willemsen # 16. Leah Christian # 17. Emily Thomas 18. L. J. Crawford 19. Denver Mills # 1XV #Home-Grown at Eccles RFC Coach-James Wright TODAY’S REFEREE: Darragh McGrath (MADREFS) Crewe & Nantwich 1XV TBA TEAM SHEETS DUKE OF EDINBURGHS AWARD In 2011 Eccles became the first rugby club to offers their junior members an opportunity to do the DofE and this has grown year on year. Our participants have achieved very close to 250 medals including 48 Gold awards. Last year we became a direct Licensing Authority, which means we no longer report to Salford City Council, but govern ourselves reporting to the DofE directly. This means we have more autonomy but all participants still need to be associated with the club as we cannot take external participants. There has been a fairly even split between lads and girls. At the end of May 2019, 12 more participants received their Gold Award at Buckingham Palace, a year since the last 10 Golds received their awards and two years since the one’s before. This will be our fourth group of participants we have sent for their Gold awards, three of which have been presented at Buckingham Palace. We have over 92% pass rate, we well above the national average, which a fantastic achievement and has been recognised by the DofE Governing body which lead to us becoming a direct Licensing Authority. Please carry on supporting this great cause and encourage your kids to get involved, it’s not for all so don’t force them but we have had many who have seen what fun and rewards that can be gained and have joined at a later stage. The same is said that some start and don’t progress to different levels and there are lots of reasons for this but they do have until they are 24 years old to complete so it is never an issue with coming back at a later stage. Those that do, create friends and memories for life and nothing can replace these. We also have a few volunteers who help out when required on expeditions, but we always welcome people to help out in any way you can. If you know anyone or wish to volunteer, please come forward. First Gold Group At St James Palace 2nd Gold Group At Buckingham Palace 3rd Group At Buckingham Palace 4th Group At Buckingham Palace
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ECCLES LADIES Over the last 21 seasons Eccles RFC Ladies have worked tirelessly to develop the women’s game in the Manchester area. We have been rewarded over the years with promotions, cup runs and country representation. As we enter our 22nd season we are proud offer rugby for women and girls of all ages and abilities. With a club and team ethos of rugby for everyone our qualified and skilled coaches offer a high-quality rugby experience for all whether complete amateur or old pro. After a difficult start to the 2019/20 season we are extremely optimistic about the coming season’s second half with renewed vigour and determination, multiple academy players graduating to the senior side and a strong preseason recruitment drive big things are expected. With the retention of our strong core squad and coaching team it is an exciting time to be an Eccles lady. Eccles are back to winning ways and in style, the ladies returned to the home of an old rival boasting an extremely strong backline, the prospect of a try fest had never been so real. Birkenhead Park Panthers are well known to the Ladies section for their direct confrontational style and relentless physicality but this would not be the way this game was played. Eccles with a point to prove took this game by the scruff of the neck and went about picking apart this Birkenhead Park side with phase after phase of controlled structure combined with glimpses of creative magic, that had the coaches and supporters purring at the possibilities. Final score Birkenhead Park 5 – Eccles Ladies 34. This team continues to grow week on week developing their skills and building on the foundations of comradery and determination engrained in our ethos. Eccles move forward this weekend into another fixture where they will hope to continue on this upwards curve and pick up more back to back victories than since the 2017/18 season. Any enquiries should be directed to james.g.wright@hotmail.com James Wright, Ladies Head Coach, Eccles RFC
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ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES ECCLES LADIES WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP NORTH TWO Sefton Ladies Crewe & Nantwich Ladies Manchester Ladies Darlington Ladies Eccles Ladies Didsbury TOC H Ladies Birkenhead Park Ladies Sunderland Ladies GAMES P 9 9 9 6 9 6 6 8 RESULTS W D 8 6 5 3 3 2 2 1 L 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 3 3 6 4 4 6 POINTS F A 294 118 176 238 104 134 236 132 104 117 128 -11 75 122 194 -43 -72 TOTALS DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 40 31 28 15 197 297 -100 15 118 100 288 -188 10 10 7 7 6 5 3 3 2 2 1 ECCLES SENIOR COLTS Conference League-Senior D GAMES Senior Colts Senior D (U18's) Birkenhead Park Colts Bury Colts Kendal Colts Makos Colts Wigan Colts Eccles Colts Preston G/Hoppers Colts P 9 9 8 8 9 9 8 RESULTS W D 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 7 6 5 4 4 2 1 L 2 2 3 4 5 6 7 POINTS F A 97 218 118 100 181 157 217 24 148 151 182 159 120 -3 23 TOTALS DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 39 35 30 26 24 133 243 -110 20 120 274 -154 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 2 1 2 1 -1 ECCLES LADIES & COLTS FIXTURES Date Eccles Ladies 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 08-Sep-19 Darlington 15-Sep-19 Didsbury TOC H 22-Sep-19 29-Sep-19 06-Oct-19 Manchester 27-Oct-19 03-Nov-19 Sefton 10-Nov-19 17-Nov-19 Birkenhead Park 24-Nov-19 Sunderland 01-Dec-19 08-Dec-19 Didsbury TOC H 15-Dec-19 22-Dec-19 29-Dec-18 05-Jan-20 Manchester A 12-Jan-20 Crewe & Nantwich H 19-Jan-20 26-Jan-20 02-Feb-20 Sefton 09-Feb-20 16-Feb-20 23-Feb-20 Birkenhead Park 30-Feb-20 01-Mar-20 Sunderland 08-Mar-20 15-Mar-20 Darlington 22-Mar-20 29-Mar-20 05-Apr-20 12-Apr-20 19-Apr-20 A H A H 12 - 47L Makos Kendal Tarleton A A A Preston Grasshoppers H A A Post H 20 - 19W A 43 - 14L 13-Oct-19 Crewe & Nantwich A 86 - 10L 20-Oct-19 H 26 - 36W A 5 - 31W H 79 - 10W A 17 - 0L Preston Grasshoppers A 22 - 29W H Wigan Birkenhead Park Bury HW A 26 - 11L H 5 - 15L Senior Colts Tarleton Wigan Birkenhead Park Colts Cup - Southport Bury Makos Kendal HA Results H Post A 53 - 26L H 12 - 16L H A 28 - 28D H 17 - 22L H 5 - 61L
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ECCLES JUNIORS Happy 2020!! As we all start the new decade full of good intentions and promise, its back to all things rugby and my review of current rugby affairs! So, the RL have decided to see sense (some would say) and maintain the status quo where the seasons overlap. At least this gives us a definitive start/end date for payer availability! The M & J section have been blessed with a contingency of RL players and I know that certain age groups would not have been able to field teams if these boys were not available. Glancing through the age ranges, we are now seeing increased numbers at U7’s and 8’s following a recruitment drive on our social media channels. The 9’s – 13’s have also seen new players join up but we are still in need of more coaches should you be interested! As the first IX take on Winnington Park today, the U14s took on the same opponents recently down at Eccles, and came out on top in a great game, take a look at the photos. Let’s hope for a similar result for the senior team! The U15s have taken possession of a splendid new set of sponsored shirts to complement their growing ranks. The U16s continue with their fine recent form led by Captain Henry Dutton. Our Colts are due to play in the Lancs Cup tomorrow: please see John Christies report in the Colts section… some good support would be very much appreciated if you are available! As we enter into a new year, efforts turn towards the favourite part of the season (for some players!) with plans for Tours and Annual Dinner Dances! All good social stuff and an important influence in creating team spirit! Our Duke of Edinburgh people are set to undertake their final tasks in the next few months too! So all in all, a period of good news and stability makes for a pleasurable feed-back! Happy New Year to you all! Paul Fleming M & J Chairman ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS
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ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS WALKING RUGBY Eccles Walking Rugby started after an email from Sale Sharks Community Trust inviting the club to participate in their initiative. Well we all know our club. It took less than two weeks for us to get organised and have our first session, that was back in May 2018 and we're still walking strong now. Walking Rugby is a new inclusive sport and an enjoyable way to get some exercise. It’s a much simpler and less physical version of the traditional game which brings ex-players of a certain age and those who are completely new to rugby together. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Say “Walking” to a bloke and he says “not for me”. Say “Rugby” to a woman and she says “not for me”, but I say give it a go. We encourage both men and women, young and not so young, skilled and not so skilled to get involved. Ladies with experience in netball will see it involves similar handling skills and agility. Guys, well you never lose it do you, but if you never had it the slower pace gives you more time to think about it. I've developed a sidestep I never knew I had! Playing on the AstroTurf allows us to play in any weather no special equipment required, although waterproofs and footwear with grip is a bonus. Our sessions are well supported and we regularly get 20+ players. On more than one occasion the ladies have outnumbered the men. The game is based on touch rugby. The attacking side are allowed 6 tackles (double handed touch) in which to score. After each tackle the attacking side has 3 seconds to pass the ball and the defending side must get back onside (3 metres). If after 6 tackles a try has not been scored the ball is handed over and it starts again. You soon get the hang of it. The whole idea is to have fun and enjoy the banter, reconnect with old friends and make new ones. The session is open to all regardless of skill level. Monday evenings 19.00 - 20.00 with a bragging session in the bar after if you fancy. It's great fun and easy. It must be if I can play it. Turn up and give it a try. Yours in Rugby, Benty Alan Bent, Walker, Eccles RFC
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CLUB INFORMATION PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend. This is officially our 122nd anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 71 years we’ve always had our home in this community. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; teams for Mini’s, Juniors, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Men means you can come down to the club Saturday or Sunday and be entertained. The 1XV gained promotion last year playing attacking rugby with renewed conviction, something which we hope cascades down through the club this season. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our talented Home-Grown colts stepping up to play in the seniors this coming year alongside our new recruits. For the start of the new season the club has installed a new 3G artificial turf floodlit training area which all teams will benefit and the technical area on the edge of the first team pitch has also been replaced and expanded meaning that some players will not even get mud on their boots ! The club would also like to thank all the volunteers for their dedicated effort. We’d not be able to operate without their contributions. I can’t name all them all as I’m limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. We also now offer ‘Walking Rugby’ on Monday night at 7pm which, for those who’d like to give it a try, has no age, gender, or ability limitations. I would also like to thank our volunteers who operate our DofE section which complements the ethos of rugby and offers so much to young people in their future life. Congratulations to the groups who have achieved their Bronze, Silver or Gold award this year. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. Our clubhouse bar is CAMRA award-winning and (for those over the age of 18) I’m informed has a fine selection of match refreshments. Mark Dutton, President, Eccles RFC
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club. I would like to offer a warm welcome and a very Merry Christmas to Sefton and all our club members for this final 1st team game of the year. Sefton, although bottom of the table with only two wins, are very unfortunate to be in the position they are in with all their games being close scoring encounters. Today’s fixture will be seen by both teams as a must win game and with 6 losses in a row, Eccles will not be looking at giving away any early presents. We hope everybody can join us in a Christmas drink to prepare our vocal cords for the Coppull & Standish Band and all your festive old favourites including mulled wine, mince pies and Father Christmas at 5pm today. Please remember that on Saturday 28th December it is the 10th Anniversary Chris Tickle Memorial Game 2.15pm KO. This is our Annual Christmas fundraising event. Players are £10 which includes a memorial gift and after-match food. Please also remember to support our young men on the 22nd December when the colts have a 2pm kick off at home to Bury. ‘Home Grown’ is in our veins and our roots and our Junior programme at Eccles regularly produces talented male and female players vital to our sustained future success. We believe in Rugby for all and we take pride in our inclusive principles. In 2019 Eccles was recognised with two ‘Club of the Year Awards’ and was a nominated finalist for two more prestigious awards, a significant achievement thanks in no small part to the efforts of our dedicated volunteers and the generous support of our sponsors who share our ambition and passion. My thanks also go to our referees this year, who like players, work during the week and then step out onto the field to officiate. They do their jobs under pressure and I encourage spectators and staff to be more appreciative of their role in rugby. Without them we would have no games. Cheers, Thorpey. Paul Thorpe, Chairman, Eccles RFC HEAD COACH NOTES Hello and welcome to everyone visiting Gorton Street today. The club has only the 1XV at home this weekend facing Sefton on Saturday, with our 2XV away to West Park St. Helens, our Ladies do not have a fixture this week and our U18 Colts are away to Birkenhead Park on Sunday.. The 1XV will certainly be looking to return to winning ways today after recent poor form. Our defeats against Bolton, De La Salle and Manchester however, were consistent in our inability to be creative enough or strong enough in the second half to seize control of close contests. In all three of those games we did not capitalise on the early points and pressure we accumulated. Furthermore, the players did not respond well to handling the pressure of the different interpretations of the laws by match officials, week by week. Both things we look to improve upon today as Eccles, after a positive start to the campaign, now find themselves mid-table with 4 wins and 7 losses. Our opponents Sefton, currently in bottom place, arrive in good form with hopes of raising the team from the bottom slot The 2XVs, also struggling to find good form this season, have the opportunity with a win to move up the table alongside their opponent West Park St. Helens 2s, Good Luck to everyone this weekend and thank you for all your support. Sam Simpson, DoR / Head Coach , Eccles RFC
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MENS LEAGUE TABLES ECCLES MEN 1XV NORTHERN DIVISION NORTH TWO WEST Rochdale Manchester Glossop Leigh Anselmians Southport Bolton Winnington Park De la Salle (Salford) Tarleton Eccles Aspatria Aspull Sefton GAMES RESULTS P W D L POINTS F TOTALS 12 12 0 0 354 166 188 55 7 12 10 0 2 476 187 289 50 9 11 10 0 1 340 179 161 48 8 12 12 12 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 7 2 3 333 247 86 41 7 7 0 5 362 310 52 37 6 6 1 5 275 338 -63 32 5 5 1 5 270 284 -14 26 4 4 0 8 307 355 -48 25 5 5 0 7 218 375 -157 22 1 3 0 9 266 334 -68 22 5 4 0 8 289 350 -61 21 4 3 0 9 286 333 -47 19 2 3 0 9 239 420 -181 17 2 2 0 10 220 357 -137 15 3 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 0 1 0 2 3 1 0 4 1 5 1 5 3 4 ECCLES MEN 2XV County Courier Services Division 2 North Leigh 2XV Tarleton 2XV Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leyland Warriors 1XV Aldwinians 2XV De La Salle (Salford) 2XV Littleborough 2XV West Park (St. Helens) 2XV Eccles 2XV Oldham 2XV Southport 2XV GAMES 10 10 9 8 9 10 9 8 10 10 10 9 P W D L RESULTS POINTS F TOTALS 7 0 3 294 161 133 39 0 6 0 4 203 171 32 36 0 6 1 2 301 144 157 35 0 6 0 2 190 62 128 31 0 5 0 4 182 134 48 30 0 6 0 4 217 206 11 27 0 4 1 4 211 223 -12 26 0 4 0 4 136 174 -38 25 0 3 0 7 141 240 -99 23 0 3 0 7 213 291 -78 22 0 3 0 7 144 278 -134 19 0 2 0 7 138 286 -148 17 0 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 1 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 MENS FIXTURES-RESULTS Date Mens 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 Aldwinians - CUP A 07-Sep-19 Southport 14-Sep-19 Tarleton 28-Sep-19 Aspatria 05-Oct-19 Anselmians 12-Oct-19 Aspull 19-Oct-19 Bolton 26-Oct-19 De La Salle 02-Nov-19 09-Nov-19 Manchester 16-Nov-19 Glossop 23-Nov-19 Leigh 30-Nov-19 07-Dec-19 Rochdale 14-Dec-19 Sefton 21-Dec-19 28-Dec-18 04-Jan-20 Tarleton 25-Jan-20 01-Feb-20 Anselmians 08-Feb-20 Aspull 15-Feb-20 Bolton 22-Feb-20 29-Feb-20 De La Salle 07-Mar-20 Manchester 14-Mar-20 Glossop 21-Mar-20 Leigh 28-Mar-20 Rochdale 04-Apr-20 Sefton 11-Apr-20 18-Apr-20 Southport 25-Apr-20 A 29 - 64W H 37 - 35W 21-Sep-19 Winnington Park A 49 - 25L H 16 - 10W A 29 - 12L H 46 - 22W A 28 - 20L H 15 - 17L H 52 - 22L A 24 - 00L H 22 - 33L A 22 - 10L H A 11-Jan-20 Winnington Park H 18-Jan-20 Aspatria A H A H A H H A H A H Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians 2XV Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV A H A A H A A H A West Park (St. Helens) H Leyland Warriors 1XV A Mens 2XV HA Results Leyland Warriors 1XV H Post Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle 2XV Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV H 35 - 29W A 17 - 00L H 12 - 29L H 12 - 38L A 52 - 07L H 6 - 21L H 7 - 17L A 17 - 58W H 26 - 35L West Park (St. Helens) A
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ECCLES LADIES Over the last 21 seasons Eccles RFC Ladies have worked tirelessly to develop the women’s game in the Manchester area. We have been rewarded over the years with promotions, cup runs and country representation. As we enter our 22nd season we are proud offer rugby for women and girls of all ages and abilities. With a club and team ethos of rugby for everyone our qualified and skilled coaches offer a high-quality rugby experience for all whether complete amateur or old pro. After a difficult 2018/19 season we are extremely optimistic about the coming season with a new 1XV captain, multiple academy players graduating to the senior side and a strong preseason recruitment drive big things are expected. With the retention of our strong core squad and coaching team it is an exciting time to be an Eccles lady. Eccles back to winning ways and in style, the ladies returned to the home of an old rival on Sunday boasting and extremely strong backline, the prospect of a try fest has never been so real. Birkenhead Park Panthers are well known to the ladies section for there direct confrontational style and relentless physicality but this would not be the way this game was played. Eccles with a point to prove took this game by the scruff of the neck and went about picking apart this Birkenhead park side with phase after phase of controlled structure combined with glimpses of creative magic, that had the coaches and supporters purring at the possibilities. Final score Birkenhead Park 5 – Eccles Ladies 34. This team continues to grow week on week developing their skills and building on the foundations of comradery and determination engrained in our ethos. Eccles move forward this weekend into another fixture where they will hope to continue on this upwards curve and pick up there first back to back victories since the 2017/18 season. Any enquiries should be directed to james.g.wright@hotmail.com James Wright, Ladies Head Coach, Eccles RFC
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ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES ECCLES LADIES WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP NORTH TWO Sefton Ladies Crewe & Nantwich Ladies Manchester Ladies Darlington Ladies Eccles Ladies Didsbury TOC H Ladies Birkenhead Park Ladies Sunderland Ladies GAMES P 8 8 8 6 8 5 6 7 RESULTS W D 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 7 5 4 3 3 2 2 1 L 1 3 3 3 5 3 4 5 POINTS F A 97 189 120 117 128 185 250 98 75 122 194 93 274 118 156 197 100 69 -11 -65 -23 -72 TOTALS 247 -154 DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 35 26 23 15 15 10 10 7 7 6 5 3 3 2 2 1 ECCLES SENIOR COLTS Conference League-Senior D GAMES Senior Colts Senior D (U18's) Birkenhead Park Colts Bury Colts Kendal Colts Makos Colts Wigan Colts Eccles Colts Preston G/Hoppers Colts P 8 8 7 8 8 8 7 RESULTS W D 6 5 5 4 3 2 1 L 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 2 4 5 5 6 POINTS F A 194 111 166 152 210 73 148 151 146 147 83 14 TOTALS DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 34 30 29 26 19 137 -3 -1 128 228 -100 19 108 238 -130 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 2 1 2 1 -1 ECCLES LADIES & COLTS FIXTURES Date Eccles Ladies 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 08-Sep-19 Darlington 15-Sep-19 Didsbury TOC H 22-Sep-19 29-Sep-19 06-Oct-19 Manchester 27-Oct-19 03-Nov-19 Sefton 10-Nov-19 17-Nov-19 Birkenhead Park 24-Nov-19 Sunderland 01-Dec-19 08-Dec-19 Didsbury TOC H 15-Dec-19 22-Dec-19 29-Dec-18 05-Jan-20 Manchester H 12-Jan-20 Crewe & Nantwich H 19-Jan-20 26-Jan-20 02-Feb-20 Sefton 09-Feb-20 16-Feb-20 23-Feb-20 Birkenhead Park 30-Feb-20 01-Mar-20 Sunderland 08-Mar-20 15-Mar-20 Darlington 22-Mar-20 29-Mar-20 05-Apr-20 12-Apr-20 19-Apr-20 A H A H Makos Kendal Tarleton A A Preston Grasshoppers H A A Post H 20 - 19W A 43 - 14L 13-Oct-19 Crewe & Nantwich A 86 - 10L 20-Oct-19 H 26 - 36W A 5 - 31W H 79 - 10W A 17 - 0L Preston Grasshoppers A 22 - 29W H Wigan Birkenhead Park Bury A H HW 26 - 11L Senior Colts Tarleton Wigan Birkenhead Park Colts Cup - Southport Bury Makos Kendal HA Results H Post A 53 - 26L H 12 - 16L H A 28 - 28D H 17 - 22L H 5 - 61L
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ECCLES JUNIORS Christmas is upon us and the year has flashed by! From the normal soap-box grumble I compile here, I’d like to share some recent experiences of being able to watch some of our age groups from the U7s up to the U16s. With coaches Danny and Rachel Nichols now established with the U7s, the sight of these young pups running around the Astro turf on a cold Sunday morning would warm the rugby hearts of the grizzliest of front row players! Their excitement was amplified recently as Father Christmas turned up… Some can be excused for thinking it was either Dave Alcroft or Danny Taylor, but no, I’m assured it was genuinely Santa! I also got to coach a session with our U12s where we brought them together with the U13s. The blend was seamless and to see these boys developing their rugby skills in this way is testimony to Coach Martin Ogden. My group, the U14s: since they came ‘second’ to Preston GH, they have ‘turned a corner’ with their recent performances following wins against Orrell and Winnington Park. This Sunday they have a tough test in the Lancs Cup against Trafford MV, but if they produce the type of rugby they’re capable of doing, there’s no reason why they can’t enjoy a good cup run this year. We have a strong squad and the ability to bring on front row replacements during games is vital. I also got to watch our U16s at Sedgley Park recently; the standard of rugby these boys can produce is wonderful! Henry Dutton tackled his opponent, got back to his feet, ripped the ball then galloped off to score a try from nothing! Sam Crowther then threw the most outrageous pass from ‘the back door’ just as he hit the floor after a tackle, not only did it find the hands of his supporting player, it also created a try! The reason I wax lyrically here is due to the calibre of rugby that we are trying to emulate within the junior ranks at Eccles and it returns us to the club mantra of developing ‘Home Grown Talent’! Well done to all the age groups this year and a Happy Christmas to you all! Paul Fleming ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE ‘CHRISTMAS BLITZ’ Part 4 of the Eccles RFC WW2 story, told in instalments by Sheila Thomas and Chris Gaffey. In September 1939, the officers and members of Eccles RFC were determined to maintain morale with some ‘friendly’ action, but with the progression of war and the club’s facilities occupied by the army it became clear that rugby would have to cease. On Monday 22nd April 1940, at the Eccles RFC AGM held in the Rock House Hotel, Barton, a Lancashire Rugby Union Circular stated the county’s decision to abandon all activities until the conclusion of hostilities. Following discussion it was agreed that a War Emergency committee would run the club for the duration and messers Rider and Shaw would act as trustees of the funds held at the District Bank, Patricroft. On 17th August 1940, as the RAF and Luftwaffe battled above southern England, the rugby posts at Redclyffe Road were taken down. It would be 6 years before rugby was played there again. Eccles however would soon see plenty of activity of a different kind. Adjacent to the Eccles pitch stood Barton Power Station, essential to Trafford Park, a world famous concentrated industrial city with vast Metropolitan Vickers engineering facilities, AV Roe aircraft manufacturing, chemical production and food processing making it an important target for heavy enemy bombers who used the Ship Canal as a navigational aid. The Christmas Blitz of Manchester 1940 killed an estimated 770 people and injured more than 2,000 when 467 tons of high explosive were dropped on the city over two consecutive nights, inflicting wide spread disruption and destruction. Salford alone suffered over 200 fatalities and 8,000 destroyed homes. At 6.35pm on Sunday 22nd December air raid sirens sounded as the bombers approached from the south east. Families ran to shelters as the first wave of the attack rained over 1,000 incendiary bombs down on Salford, Hulme, Stretford and the city centre. Albert Square was the first place to be hit. The Royal Exchange, the Free Trade Hall and Piccadilly were soon ablaze. GORTON STREET GAZETTE A bomb exploded in Gilda Brook Road Eccles, killing 12 including a family with three children. Another hit a house in Monton Road, killing three children and a sailor home on leave. Power and telephone lines were cut leaving amateur crews of local residents using hand pumps to fight fires in the streets where they lived and attempt to recover the bodies of their neighbours. The injured were treated by candlelight. The second wave targeted the hundreds of fires ignited by the earlier attack and the bombing was relentless until dawn. At 6am Manchester Cathedral suffered a direct hit and at 6.30 am the all clear was eventually sounded. The attack continued the following night with bombs raining down on Firefighters who were still attending to burning buildings from the previous night’s raid. Trafford Park and the Docks were targeted with bombs falling across a wide area including Eccles New Road. Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and Salford Royal were both hit by and school boys worked in stretcher parties to evacuate the patients. In Hulme, the Manley Arms pub was obliterated killing 14 people attending a wedding party. Shortly after midnight on Christmas Eve, the all clear siren sounded. More than 31 acres within a mile of Albert Square lay in ruins. There would be few silent nights. In the months that followed both cricket and football grounds in Old Trafford would be wrecked by bombing raids. At Barton a parachute mine hit the roof of the Power Station but failed to explode. With a fierce fire raging metres away, Naval Lieutenant Denis James Patrick O’ Hagan rendered the mine safe by boiling out the explosive with steam from a railway locomotive, an act of ingenuity and bravery for which he was awarded the George Medal for gallantry and devotion to duty. O’Hagan was to undergo commando training and survived the D-Day invasion of Normandy to make it home to Canada. Remarkably, Barton Power Station and Eccles RFC both survived the war - as evidenced in this photograph taken in March 1947, a few months before the club moved to its new home at Gorton Street for the 1948 season. As we gather to celebrate Christmas this year let’s reflect on those who suffered and battled through the atrocities of a blitz 79 years ago so we might enjoy peace and our way of life today.

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CLUB INFORMATION PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend. This is officially our 122nd anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 71 years we’ve always had our home in this community. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; teams for Mini’s, Juniors, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Men means you can come down to the club Saturday or Sunday and be entertained. The 1XV gained promotion last year playing attacking rugby with renewed conviction, something which we hope cascades down through the club this season. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our talented Home-Grown colts stepping up to play in the seniors this coming year alongside our new recruits. For the start of the new season the club has installed a new 3G artificial turf floodlit training area which all teams will benefit and the technical area on the edge of the first team pitch has also been replaced and expanded meaning that some players will not even get mud on their boots ! The club would also like to thank all the volunteers for their dedicated effort. We’d not be able to operate without their contributions. I can’t name all them all as I’m limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. We also now offer ‘Walking Rugby’ on Monday night at 7pm which, for those who’d like to give it a try, has no age, gender, or ability limitations. I would also like to thank our volunteers who operate our DofE section which complements the ethos of rugby and offers so much to young people in their future life. Congratulations to the groups who have achieved their Bronze, Silver or Gold award this year. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. Our clubhouse bar is CAMRA award-winning and (for those over the age of 18) I’m informed has a fine selection of match refreshments. Mark Dutton, President, Eccles RFC
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club I would like to offer a warm welcome this weekend to the players and supporters of Leigh, Aldwinians, Sunderland and Wigan. Since the last programme Eccles 1XV have seen defeats against De La Salle and Manchester, with last week’s game against Glossop ending after only 37 minutes, when Mathew Parkinson was knocked unconscious and sustained a neck injury. Following concussion & neck assessment, Matt has been discharged from hospital. On a brighter note, the club screened the World Cup Final to a full clubhouse on 2nd Nov, and Eccles RFC was a nominated finalist in the Club Mirror Magazine Awards and Gtr Manchester Sports Awards. On Sunday, both the Ladies and the colts will be looking at repeating last week’s winning performance’s as we place host to Sunderland Ladies and Wigan Colts. ‘Home Grown’ is in our veins and our roots. We believe in Rugby for all and we take pride in our Home-Grown principles. Our Junior programme regularly produces talented young players and last year we were delighted to see eight Eccles lads wear the red rose of Lancashire. Boys are not the whole story either, as our Men’s and Ladies sections share the same belief and commitment to player propagation. Last season, no less than six players from our U18 Girls team were selected for the county and the future looks bright for the Ladies with several former Juniors graduating to play their senior rugby at Eccles. We achieve everything we do in, and for, our community, through the efforts of dedicated volunteers and the generous support of sponsors who share our ambition and passion. Thank you to all our referees, who like players, work during the week and then step out onto the field to officiate. They do their jobs under pressure and I would encourage rugby spectators and staff to understand and be more appreciative of their role in rugby. Without them we would not have the games today. Cheers Thorpey HEAD COACH NOTES Hello and welcome to everyone visiting Gorton Street today. The club has a full house of senior fixtures this weekend with our Men’s teams facing Leigh and Aldwinians on Saturday, and our Ladies entertaining Sunderland and our U18 Colts hosting Wigan on Sunday. The prospect of four cracking games of rugby against strong opposition, where we’ll have to be at our best to chalk up Ws on the board. The 1XVs will certainly be looking to return to winning ways today after recent poor form. Last week’s game at Glossop was suspended in the first half following a tackle (deemed worthy of a red by the referee) resulting in concussion and a neck injury to Matt Parkinson, who was taken by ambulance to hospital for assessment and later discharged. The outcome of that result is being discussed and we all wish Matt a speedy recovery. Our defeats against Bolton, De La Salle and Manchester however, were consistent in our inability to be creative enough or strong enough in the second half to seize control of close contests. In all three of those games we did not capitalise on the early points and pressure we accumulated. Furthermore, the players did not respond well to handling the pressure of the different interpretations of the laws by match officials, week by week. Both things we look to improve upon today as Eccles, after a positive start to the campaign, now find themselves mid-table with 4 wins and 6 losses. Our opponents Leigh, currently in 4th place, arrive in good form having recently secured a 10-10 draw at Bolton and a dominant 41-18 win against our Salford neighbours De La Salle last weekend. The 2XVs, also struggling to find good form this season, have the opportunity with a win to move up the table alongside their opponent Aldwinians 2s, who also enjoyed a thumping 73-21 victory over De La Salle last week. Good Luck to everyone this weekend and thank you for all your support. Sam Simpson, DoR / Head Coach , Eccles RFC
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MENS LEAGUE TABLES ECCLES MEN 1XV NORTHERN DIVISION NORTH TWO WEST Rochdale Manchester Glossop Leigh Anselmians Southport Bolton Eccles Winnington Park De La Salle (Salford) Tarleton Aspull Aspatria Sefton GAMES RESULTS P W D L POINTS F TOTALS 10 10 0 0 303 146 157 46 6 10 9 9 10 10 9 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 0 1 415 145 270 43 7 8 0 1 284 132 152 39 7 5 2 2 239 187 52 31 6 5 0 5 289 250 39 28 5 4 1 5 227 316 -89 23 4 4 1 4 236 243 -7 21 3 4 0 6 257 295 -38 21 4 3 0 7 244 283 -39 20 4 4 0 6 187 327 -140 18 1 2 0 8 229 297 -68 17 5 3 0 6 193 335 -142 15 2 2 1 7 227 257 -30 14 2 2 0 7 162 279 -117 12 2 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 1 4 1 4 1 4 2 ECCLES MEN 2XV County Courier Services Division 2 North Orrell 2XV Leigh 2XV Keswick 2XV Leyland Warriors 1XV Tarleton 2XV Littleborough 2XV Aldwinians 2XV De La Salle (Salford) 2XV West Park (St. Helens) 2XV Eccles 2XV Oldham 2XV Southport 2XV GAMES P W D L 8 8 6 8 7 7 7 6 7 7 7 6 RESULTS POINTS F TOTALS 6 1 1 282 105 177 34 0 5 0 3 233 142 91 29 0 5 0 1 152 42 110 25 0 4 0 4 158 127 31 25 0 4 0 3 156 128 28 24 0 3 0 4 111 160 -49 20 0 4 0 3 183 170 13 16 0 2 1 3 162 200 -38 16 0 2 0 5 111 190 -79 16 0 2 0 5 122 222 -100 15 0 2 0 5 120 242 -122 15 0 2 0 4 111 173 -62 14 0 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 MENS FIXTURES-RESULTS Date Mens 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 Aldwinians - CUP A 07-Sep-19 Southport 14-Sep-19 Tarleton 28-Sep-19 Aspatria 05-Oct-19 Anselmians 12-Oct-19 Aspull 19-Oct-19 Bolton 26-Oct-19 De La Salle 02-Nov-19 09-Nov-19 Manchester 16-Nov-19 Glossop 23-Nov-19 Leigh 30-Nov-19 07-Dec-19 Rochdale 14-Dec-19 Sefton 21-Dec-19 28-Dec-18 04-Jan-20 Tarleton 25-Jan-20 01-Feb-20 Anselmians 08-Feb-20 Aspull 15-Feb-20 Bolton 22-Feb-20 29-Feb-20 De La Salle 07-Mar-20 Manchester 14-Mar-20 Glossop 21-Mar-20 Leigh 28-Mar-20 Rochdale 04-Apr-20 Sefton 11-Apr-20 18-Apr-20 Southport 25-Apr-20 A 29 - 64W H 37 - 35W 21-Sep-19 Winnington Park A 49 - 25L H 16 - 10W A 29 - 12L H 46 - 22W A 28 - 20L H 15 - 17L H 52 - 22L A 24 - 00L H A H A 11-Jan-20 Winnington Park H 18-Jan-20 Aspatria A H A H A H H A H A H Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians 2XV Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV A H A A H A A H A West Park (St. Helens) H Leyland Warriors 1XV A Mens 2XV HA Results Leyland Warriors 1XV H Post Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle 2XV Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV H 35 - 29W A 17 - 00L H 12 - 29L H 12 - 38L A 52 - 07L H 6 - 21L H A H West Park (St. Helens) A
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Eccles Ladies 1. K. Redrand 2. Sarah Daly 3. Freya Waterhouse 4. Siobhan Mullen (Capt) 5. K. Kinahan 6. Mollie Young 7. Rebecca Roden 8. Lean Christian 9. Sheena Jamieson 10. L. J. Crawford 11. Jess Whitling 12. Georgina Cunliffe 13. M. Hale 14. Joe McCartan 15. S. Davis 16. Holly Grimes 17. Emily Thomas 18. L. Jones Coach - James Wright # Sunderland Ladies 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. TBA TODAY’S REFEREE: John Harries (MADREFS) TEAM SHEETS ECCLES LADIES Over the last 21 seasons Eccles RFC Ladies have worked tirelessly to develop the women’s game in the Manchester area. We have been rewarded over the years with promotions, cup runs and country representation. As we enter our 22nd season we are proud offer rugby for women and girls of all ages and abilities. With a club and team ethos of rugby for everyone our qualified and skilled coaches offer a high-quality rugby experience for all whether complete amateur or old pro. After a difficult 2018/19 season we are extremely optimistic about the coming season with a new 1XV captain, multiple academy players graduating to the senior side and a strong preseason recruitment drive big things are expected. With the retention of our strong core squad and coaching team it is an exciting time to be an Eccles lady. Eccles back to winning ways and in style, the ladies returned to the home of an old rival on Sunday boasting and extremely strong backline, the prospect of a try fest has never been so real. Birkenhead Park Panthers are well known to the ladies section for there direct confrontational style and relentless physicality but this would not be the way this game was played. Eccles with a point to prove took this game by the scruff of the neck and went about picking apart this Birkenhead park side with phase after phase of controlled structure combined with glimpses of creative magic, that had the coaches and supporters purring at the possibilities. Final score Birkenhead Park 5 – Eccles Ladies 34. This team continues to grow week on week developing their skills and building on the foundations of comradery and determination engrained in our ethos. Eccles move forward this weekend into another fixture where they will hope to continue on this upwards curve and pick up there first back to back victories since the 2017/18 season. Any enquiries should be directed to james.g.wright@hotmail.com James Wright, Ladies Head Coach, Eccles RFC
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ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES ECCLES LADIES WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP NORTH TWO Sefton Ladies Crewe & Nantwich Ladies Darlington Ladies Manchester Ladies Eccles Ladies Didsbury TOC H Ladies Birkenhead Park Ladies Sunderland Ladies GAMES P 6 6 4 6 6 3 4 6 RESULTS W D 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 4 3 2 2 1 1 1 POINTS F 154 160 90 132 58 74 71 A 86 80 49 93 101 142 25 20 15 14 6 6 6 TOTALS DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 68 80 41 39 106 223 -117 10 71 -13 -27 -71 5 4 3 4 2 2 2 0 ECCLES SENIOR COLTS Conference League-Senior D GAMES Senior Colts Senior D (U18's) Kendal Colts Birkenhead Park Colts Makos Colts Bury Colts Wigan Colts Eccles Colts Preston G/Hoppers Colts P 6 6 6 5 6 6 5 RESULTS W D 4 4 4 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 POINTS F 191 132 A 56 86 113 108 108 92 129 128 117 202 60 16 1 -85 178 -118 24 24 22 19 17 13 6 TOTALS DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 135 46 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 1 ECCLES LADIES & COLTS FIXTURES Date Eccles Ladies 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 08-Sep-19 Darlington 15-Sep-19 Didsbury TOC H 22-Sep-19 29-Sep-19 06-Oct-19 Manchester 27-Oct-19 03-Nov-19 Sefton 10-Nov-19 17-Nov-19 Birkenhead Park 24-Nov-19 Sunderland 01-Dec-19 08-Dec-19 Didsbury TOC H 15-Dec-19 22-Dec-19 29-Dec-18 05-Jan-20 Manchester H 12-Jan-20 Crewe & Nantwich H 19-Jan-20 26-Jan-20 02-Feb-20 Sefton 09-Feb-20 16-Feb-20 23-Feb-20 Birkenhead Park 30-Feb-20 01-Mar-20 Sunderland 08-Mar-20 15-Mar-20 Darlington 22-Mar-20 29-Mar-20 05-Apr-20 12-Apr-20 19-Apr-20 A H A H Makos Kendal Tarleton A A Preston Grasshoppers H A A Post H 20 - 19W A 43 - 14L 13-Oct-19 Crewe & Nantwich A 86 - 10L 20-Oct-19 H 26 - 36W A 5 - 31W H A Birkenhead Park Bury A H Preston Grasshoppers A 22 - 29W H Wigan Senior Colts Tarleton Wigan Birkenhead Park Colts Cup - Southport Bury Makos Kendal HA Results H Post A 53 - 26L H 12 - 16L H A 28 - 28D H 17 - 22L H 5 - 61L
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ECCLES JUNIORS Hello again and welcome to Eccles’ M&J section! Like most of you, I wonder once again where the year is disappearing! The dreaded ‘Christmas is nearly upon us’ has been heard too often recently! The excitement of the RWC Final has subdued and it’s time to look forward to the domestic fixtures along with our Junior Cup runs. Teams now have the added advantage of their RL players becoming available to bolster numbers and strengthen their squads. This is certainly the case with the U14s who made the trip to Bolton on Sunday in the Lancs Cup and chalked up an impressive 7-31 win and without our ‘league’ players, we would certainly have struggled. The point for debate is (again) how to embrace cross-code players whilst at the same time nurturing our own union players who for some, undoubtedly benefit from the inclusion of the league players. From a personal perspective, to have so many players playing both codes can only be good for the game and our club. The ‘foot traffic’ through the club house increases as does the impact on the kitchen and bar which helps the administration of the club. The reputation of Eccles receives a lift as word spreads of the welcome that awaits any new player to Gorton St. The calibre of rugby also gets improved thereby enticing other new players, but, it is all down to how we as coaches and club officials and indeed current players, interact with any player who switches between codes. Having seen the success of the RWC, how many players participated historically or currently, in both codes? Any RUGBY player just wants to play rugby, but for our juniors it matters not whether that be the 13 or 15 aside variation. It is up to us as a club to follow our ethos of ‘Home Grown Talent’ and if that means we ‘share’ our players, and then let’s work this to everybody’s advantage until the Lords and Masters arrive at an amicable solution. Sundays two minute silence was given the respect it deserved….. Regardless of which rugby they played. ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE Enlistment: Part 3 of the WW2 story of Eccles RFC... In October 1939, as the situation escalated in Europe and the BEF assembled along the French-Belgian border, the Eccles RFC committee focused their minds on matters closer to home. Fixtures for the new season had been abandoned and the 356 Searchlight Battery company (39th Lancs Fusiliers AA Bn) had taken over the club pavilion and ground at Redclyffe Road in order to guard Barton Power Station, sited on the Bridgewater and Ship Canals near the swing bridge and All Saints RC Church, where B&Q now stands today. Although Eccles’ facilities were officially off limits, the enterprising committee members wasted no time in arranging friendly away fixtures against local opposition and promptly recruited the Searchlight Battery to form a rugby team! The committee minute book records a result for Saturday 21st October "Eccles vs Army XV, WON 20 - 6". Many such matches were to take place with a good fraternity existing between the teams. It would appear Eccles were ahead of the game. On 11th November 1939, the RFU issued a statement recommending that county committees should encourage clubs to arrange fixtures with service XVs. Of particular interest to Northern Clubs were resolutions that approved the Rugby Union selection of Rugby League players belonging to HM forces and playing against Service teams containing Rugby League Players. The Eccles Journal on 8th December 1939, reported a future fixture between Eccles and an Army XV to be played “Somewhere in Barton”! No giving away the position to the enemy here! As the unofficial 1939/20 season progressed more players were called up and the club endeavoured to carry on as best it could. Following the outbreak of war Eccles played 15 away matches, the last recorded being a 23-6 loss at Warrington, on 27th April 1940. Eccles RFC did not play again until 1946. The war would cut short many promising playing careers. A story in instalments, by Sheila Thomas and Chris Gaffey 1897 September 2009, marked a tragic event in the club’s history when Christopher TIckle, whilst playing for Eccles RFC, suffered a severe neck injury and sadly died in hospital three weeks later. Chris was a popular 23 year old with a great love of life and sports, an infectious sense of humour, a willingness to help others and was about to begin studying at Salford University. In March 2010 he was posthumously awarded The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award by HRH Prince Phillip. As a tribute to Christopher, Eccles RFC was to become the first rugby club in the country to establish its own DofE awards programme in 2011 and continues honour his memory each year with its Club Person of the Year Award and fundraising activities in aid of spinal injuries research. This season, in recognition of the 10th Anniversary, the annual Christmas Christopher Tickle Memorial Cup match will take on a special significance. More details on this event to follow later in the year.

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CLUB INFORMATION PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend. This is officially our 122nd anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 71 years we’ve always had our home in this community. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; teams for Mini’s, Juniors, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Men means you can come down to the club Saturday or Sunday and be entertained. The 1XV gained promotion last year playing attacking rugby with renewed conviction, something which we hope cascades down through the club this season. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our talented Home-Grown colts stepping up to play in the seniors this coming year alongside our new recruits. For the start of the new season the club has installed a new 3G artificial turf floodlit training area which all teams will benefit and the technical area on the edge of the first team pitch has also been replaced and expanded meaning that some players will not even get mud on their boots ! The club would also like to thank all the volunteers for their dedicated effort. We’d not be able to operate without their contributions. I can’t name all them all as I’m limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. We also now offer ‘Walking Rugby’ on Monday night at 7pm which, for those who’d like to give it a try, has no age, gender, or ability limitations. I would also like to thank our volunteers who operate our DofE section which complements the ethos of rugby and offers so much to young people in their future life. Congratulations to the groups who have achieved their Bronze, Silver or Gold award this year. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. Our clubhouse bar is CAMRA award-winning and (for those over the age of 18) I’m informed has a fine selection of match refreshments. Mark Dutton, President, Eccles RFC
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME I would like to offer a warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend. The first team are at home to Aspatria and I hope the journey down was OK although there could be a little altitude sickness with the away players. We obviously didn’t play against Aspatria last year but we are now back in North West 2 along with lots of teams we have played in the past. Our games against Aspatria have been very close encounters in the past and we hope this will continue, in our favour, today. The second team are away at Oldham and after a great start to the season we hope that winning streak will continue today. The revived third team have a game at home against the Spartans from Sale and let’s hope that their promising season so far continues. On Sunday all the junior teams are training but the Senior Colts have a Lancashire Cup fixture against Southport at home. Our colts this season are a combined squad of U17 and U18 players still finding their feet as a newly formed team. Last week was a close defeat for the colts 12-16 but a great game to watch and that first victory cannot be far away. Also on Sunday the U18’s Girls are running a pitch up and play event so let’s hope that goes well. This weekend at the club, we have the fundraising Macmillan coffee morning, I can’t wait to try some of those cakes. Also in the clubhouse following the match with Aspatria will be the infamous Annual Eccles Conker Championship where, despite the very best attempts of the officials, I expect to witness cheating of the highest order. For those of you closely following our World Cup Tour of Japan, you can expect to see more of the Eccles RFC flag on your TV screens in the upcoming England games. Sayōnara. Paul Thorpe, Chairman, Eccles RFC HEAD COACH NOTES Hello and a warm welcome to everyone attending Gorton Street this afternoon, whatever your affiliations I hope your afternoon here is a pleasant one filled with all the core values our great game has to offer. Today the 1XV welcome old friends Aspatria to Eccles. Over the past 10 years these two sides have met numerous times battling it out for valuable league points and for the opportunity to play level 6 rugby. Aspatria had a strong season last year finishing in a playoff spot and scheduled to play Bowden. For reasons unknown to most Aspatria decided to concede that opportunity allowing Bowden to take the place in level 6, this decision angered most in the league with other clubs in the top 5 calling for Aspatria to be kicked out of the league. Whatever Aspatria’s decision was based on for choosing to concede that fixture it clearly hasn’t affected them coming into this new season with a couple of good wins already to their name. Eccles know they will need to be at their very best to defeat any Cumbrian side be it Home or Away. If both sides play to their full ability today this will be a cracking game of rugby. Good luck to our 2XVs today who travel to Oldham hopeful of keeping their winning start to the 2019/20 season going. Oldham will be no push over, they are always blessed with a big set of hard running forwards with some skillful backs behind them. This will be a really good test for the boys at this point of the season to gauge where they are at. Eccles rebuilding 3XVs side play host to Spartans this afternoon in what will be their 3rd fixture of the season. After a couple of disappointing last-minute cry offs from their opposition, I’m sure the lads cannot wait to get a run out together. Go well chaps. Lastly, I’d like to congratulate one of the #Homegrown and an ex-team mate of mine Stuart Greaves and his wife Karen on the birth of their first child, Tobias James aka Toby. Born 5 weeks early and Weighing in at 4lb 10oz he’s got some growing to do before he’ll be putting in the heavy tackling performances of his Dad! But never the less everyone at Eccles RFC is extremely happy for the new parents. Sam Simpson, DoR / Head Coach, Eccles RFC
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MENS LEAGUE TABLES ECCLES MEN 1XV NORTHERN DIVISION NORTH TWO WEST Glossop Rochdale Winnington Park Anselmians Eccles Manchester Leigh Aspatria De La Salle (Salford) Bolton Aspull Tarleton Southport Sefton GAMES RESULTS P W D L 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 POINTS F TOTALS 3 0 0 121 45 76 15 3 3 0 0 97 36 61 14 2 3 0 0 115 57 58 14 2 2 0 1 116 79 37 11 2 2 0 1 126 113 13 11 3 2 0 1 110 44 66 1 1 1 70 75 -5 1 0 2 103 103 0 1 0 2 67 95 -28 1 0 2 96 131 -35 1 0 2 73 151 -78 0 0 3 89 120 -31 0 1 2 61 120 -59 0 0 3 54 129 -75 9 7 7 6 6 6 5 3 1 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 0 1 1 2 1 2 1 3 1 1 ECCLES MEN 2XV County Courier Services Division 2 North Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Eccles 2XV Leigh 2XV Littleborough 2XV Leyland Warriors 1XV Tarleton 2XV Oldham 2XV Aldwinians 2XV De La Salle (Salford) 2XV Southport 2XV West Park (St. Helens) 2XV GAMES P W D L 3 2 2 3 3 3 2 3 3 2 2 2 RESULTS POINTS F TOTALS 3 0 0 158 34 124 15 0 2 0 0 43 20 23 10 0 2 0 0 85 65 20 10 0 1 0 2 97 61 36 1 0 2 70 75 -5 1 0 2 75 85 -10 1 0 1 50 51 -1 1 0 2 76 116 -40 1 0 2 51 109 -58 1 0 1 80 62 18 1 0 1 39 80 -41 0 0 2 17 83 -66 8 8 8 7 7 7 6 6 2 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MENS FIXTURES-RESULTS Date Mens 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 Aldwinians - CUP A 07-Sep-19 Southport 14-Sep-19 Tarleton 05-Oct-19 Anselmians 12-Oct-19 Aspull 19-Oct-19 Bolton 26-Oct-19 De La Salle 02-Nov-19 09-Nov-19 Manchester 16-Nov-19 Glossop 23-Nov-19 Leigh 30-Nov-19 07-Dec-19 Rochdale 14-Dec-19 Sefton 21-Dec-19 28-Dec-18 04-Jan-20 Tarleton 25-Jan-20 01-Feb-20 Anselmians 08-Feb-20 Aspull 15-Feb-20 Bolton 22-Feb-20 29-Feb-20 De La Salle 07-Mar-20 Manchester 14-Mar-20 Glossop 21-Mar-20 Leigh 28-Mar-20 Rochdale 04-Apr-20 Sefton 11-Apr-20 18-Apr-20 Southport 25-Apr-20 A 29 - 64W H 37 - 35W 21-Sep-19 Winnington Park A 49 - 25L 28-Sep-19 Aspatria H A H A H H A H A H A 11-Jan-20 Winnington Park H 18-Jan-20 Aspatria A H A H A H H A H A H Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians 2XV Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV A H A A H A A H A West Park (St. Helens) H Leyland Warriors 1XV A Mens 2XV HA Results Leyland Warriors 1XV H Post Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle 2XV Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV H 35 - 29W A H H A H H A H West Park (St. Helens) A
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Eccles Senior Colts 1. Dan Delaney 2. Max Mulligan 3. Tom Bates 4. Callum Brady 5. Joshua Stafford 6. Cameron Smolett 7. Alex Speakman 8. Kai Sumner 9. Paul Stringer 10. Tallis Keeler 11. John Saunders 12. Ryley Thornton 13. Bradley Greenhalgh 14. James Hooker 15. Cameron MacDonald 16. Joe Molloy 17. Anthony Davies 18. Ellis Blair 19. Peter Adinnu Southport Senior Colts 1. Henry Etheridge 2. Col Leech 3. Christian Saundry 4. Ben Roberson 5. Aodhan Blackburn 6. Pat Crann 7. Sol Palmer 8. Ethan Hart 9. Sam Roberts 10. Dom Weston 11. Elliot Berisha 12. Danny Gavan 13. James O’Keeffe 14. Jacob Thomason 15. Sam McGlincey 16. Jamie Merrills 17. Conor Brown TODAY’S REFEREE: Iwan Williams (Madrefs) TEAM SHEETS ECCLES SENIOR COLTS Here we are, two games into the season and the stark reality of 2 loses. However, this doesn’t reflect the true picture of our performance as we build our senior colts squad. Combining the U18s with the U17s new to colts rugby, together with a number of rugby league players, our performances are improving and our numbers are rising. One of the great difficulties of rugby in our region is having a finite number of rugby players, playing both codes, league and union. I genuinely believe that both union and league benefit from skills that both codes provide. As the squad begins to work together there is a genuine improvement with each performance and as the season progresses, I look forward to developing a squad who will cement together in the time-honored friendship that rugby union can provide. It is clear that we have some very skilful players and a committed team, it remains the great challenges of coaches everywhere to take individuals from different teams and codes and transform them into a functioning winning team. As ever we continue to welcome any new players who wish to join us and incorporate them into the squad. As the world cup progresses, let’s hope we will benefit in the renewed interest and enthusiasm in rugby at the grass roots. This weekend we will face Southport in the first round of the Lancashire U18 Colts Cup. It’s a challenge we’re looking forward to and a great opportunity measure our developing team against an opponent from a League division above us. John Christey, U18 Senior Colts Coach, Eccles RFC
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ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES ECCLES LADIES WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP NORTH TWO Sefton Ladies Crewe & Nantwich Ladies Birkenhead Park Ladies Didsbury TOC H Ladies Eccles Ladies Manchester Ladies Darlington Ladies Sunderland Ladies GAMES RESULTS P W D L 2 2 2 2 1 2 1 2 F 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 2 65 20 50 43 20 22 0 27 POINTS A 17 11 30 42 19 24 29 75 20 1 1 -2 -29 -48 10 9 5 5 4 1 0 0 TOTALS DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 48 9 2 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 ECCLES SENIOR COLTS - CHAMPIONS RESULTS Conference League-Senior D GAMES Senior Colts Senior D (U18's) Birkenhead Park Colts Makos Colts Bury Colts Kendal Colts Wigan Colts Eccles Colts Preston G/Hoppers Colts 3 3 3 2 3 2 2 POINTS P W D L 2 0 1 2 0 1 2 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 2 F 68 84 63 76 80 38 19 A 46 55 49 17 69 92 22 29 14 59 TOTALS 100 -20 -31 -73 DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 12 11 11 10 7 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 ECCLES LADIES FIXTURES Date Eccles Ladies 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 08-Sep-19 Darlington 15-Sep-19 Didsbury TOC H 22-Sep-19 29-Sep-19 06-Oct-19 Manchester 27-Oct-19 03-Nov-19 Sefton 10-Nov-19 17-Nov-19 Birkenhead Park 24-Nov-19 Sunderland 01-Dec-19 08-Dec-19 Didsbury TOC H 15-Dec-19 22-Dec-19 29-Dec-18 05-Jan-20 Manchester H 12-Jan-20 Crewe & Nantwich H 19-Jan-20 26-Jan-20 02-Feb-20 Sefton 09-Feb-20 16-Feb-20 23-Feb-20 Birkenhead Park 30-Feb-20 01-Mar-20 Sunderland 08-Mar-20 15-Mar-20 Darlington 22-Mar-20 29-Mar-20 05-Apr-20 12-Apr-20 19-Apr-20 A H A H Makos Kendal Tarleton A A Preston Grasshoppers H A A Post H 20 - 19W A 13-Oct-19 Crewe & Nantwich A 20-Oct-19 H A H A Birkenhead Park Bury A H Preston Grasshoppers A H Wigan Senior Colts Tarleton Wigan Birkenhead Park Colts Cup - Southport Bury Makos Kendal HA Results H Post A 53 - 26L H 12 - 16L H A H H
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ECCLES LADIES Over the last 21 seasons Eccles RFC Ladies have worked tirelessly to develop the women’s game in the Manchester area. We have been rewarded over the years with promotions, cup runs and country representation. As we enter our 22nd season we are proud offer rugby for women and girls of all ages and abilities. With a club and team ethos of rugby for everyone our qualified and skilled coaches offer a high-quality rugby experience for all whether complete amateur or an old pro. After a difficult 2018/19 season we are extremely optimistic about the coming season with a new 1XV captain, multiple academy players graduating to the senior side and a strong preseason recruitment drive big things are expected. With the retention of our strong core squad and coaching team it is an exciting time to be an Eccles lady. Eccles ladies opened their account in their first fixture at Gorton street, giving debuts to academy graduates promoting our #homegrown talent and some talented new recruits. We entered the day in great spirits brimming with excitement. This excitement translated into a whirlwind of a game with some quality rugby played by both sides and enjoyed by the Eccles balcony faithful. After a nail biting finale, an Eccles win was secured with some standout performances, Eccles roll on to our next fixture against Manchester Ladies at Gorton Street we hope to see you there. Any enquiries should be directed to james.g.wright@hotmail.com James Wright, Ladies Head Coach, Eccles RFC ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS
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ECCLES JUNIORS A warm welcome to Eccles RFC! The Rugby World Cup AND our season is finally underway! Most age groups within the Mini and Junior Section have, by now, played their first games either in the early season Cup comps or friendly games in preparation for forthcoming fixtures. I was fortunate enough to watch our U16s last Sunday versus Bolton in their Lancs Cup game in which they came out victorious following some fine rugby from both sides without any quarters given or taken! My point here is, the majority of the U16s are made up of boys who I’ve watched come up through the age groups to develop into the young men they are now, on the brink of adult rugby… how old does this make feel! This is indicative of the club ethos of nurturing our ‘Home grown Talent’ in producing and retaining players to make the club the thriving and popular set-up you see today. The analogy of ‘Grass Roots’ sports has never been more imperative than it is today as we have seen recently, as established clubs are having to resort to amalgamating age groups or worse still, folding a particular age group due to a lack of players/members. At Eccles, we take an enormous amount of pride when we witness the kids from ‘yesterday’ turning out for the seniors or Colts, yet as I write, we too are also experiencing the curse of limited player numbers down the lower age ranges, and particularly the U7’s – U9’s. Having just opened our fully refurbished artificial training area (please feel free to take a good look!), we offer facilities most clubs can only aspire to. No muddy kit for the mums (or Dads!) to wash now, and a safe enclosed playing area for the kids to run around in! To compliment this, the club house is also looking magnificent to offer further creature comforts during the long winter months, where the kids can enjoy their free hot dogs and chips after their games! So, come on down… you may even enjoy it! Paul Fleming Eccles RFC Mini and Junior Chair 1897 DUKE OF EDINBURGHS AWARD In 2011 Eccles became the first rugby club to offers their junior members an opportunity to do the DofE and this has grown year on year. Our participants have achieved very close to 250 medals including 48 Gold awards. Last year we became a direct Licensing Authority, which means we no longer report to Salford City Council, but govern ourselves reporting to the DofE directly. This means we have more autonomy but all participants still need to be associated with the club as we cannot take external participants. There has been a fairly even split between lads and girls. At the end of May 2019, 12 more participants received their Gold Award at Buckingham Palace, a year since the last 10 Golds received their awards and two years since the one’s before. This will be our fourth group of participants we have sent for their Gold awards, three of which have been presented at Buckingham Palace. We have over 92% pass rate, we well above the national average, which a fantastic achievement and has been recognised by the DofE Governing body which lead to us becoming a direct Licensing Authority. Please carry on supporting this great cause and encourage your kids to get involved, it’s not for all so don’t force them but we have had many who have seen what fun and rewards that can be gained and have joined at a later stage. The same is said that some start and don’t progress to different levels and there are lots of reasons for this but they do have until they are 24 years old to complete so it is never an issue with coming back at a later stage. Those that do, create friends and memories for life and nothing can replace these. We also have a few volunteers who help out when required on expeditions, but we always welcome people to help out in any way you can. If you know anyone or wish to volunteer, please come forward. First Gold Group At St James Palace 2nd Gold Group At Buckingham Palace 3rd Group At Buckingham Palace 4th Group At Buckingham Palace
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WALKING RUGBY Eccles Walking Rugby started after an email from Sale Sharks Community Trust inviting the club to participate in their initiative. Well we all know our club. It took less than two weeks for us to get organised and have our first session, that was back in May 2018 and we're still walking strong now. Walking Rugby is a new inclusive sport and an enjoyable way to get some exercise. It’s a much simpler and less physical version of the traditional game which brings ex-players of a certain age and those who are completely new to rugby together. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Say “Walking” to a bloke and he says “not for me”. Say “Rugby” to a woman and she says “not for me”, but I say give it a go. We encourage both men and women, young and not so young, skilled and not so skilled to get involved. Ladies with experience in netball will see it involves similar handling skills and agility. Guys, well you never lose it do you, but if you never had it the slower pace gives you more time to think about it. I've developed a sidestep I never knew I had! Playing on the AstroTurf allows us to play in any weather no special equipment required, although waterproofs and footwear with grip is a bonus. Our sessions are well supported and we regularly get 20+ players. On more than one occasion the ladies have outnumbered the men. The game is based on touch rugby. The attacking side are allowed 6 tackles (double handed touch) in which to score. After each tackle the attacking side has 3 seconds to pass the ball and the defending side must get back onside (3 metres). If after 6 tackles a try has not been scored the ball is handed over and it starts again. You soon get the hang of it. The whole idea is to have fun and enjoy the banter, reconnect with old friends and make new ones. The session is open to all regardless of skill level. Monday evenings 19.00 - 20.00 with a bragging session in the bar after if you fancy. It's great fun and easy. It must be if I can play it. Turn up and give it a try. Yours in Rugby, Benty Alan Bent, Walker, Eccles RFC
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE THE HOME OF HOME GROWN Last Friday night, at a presentation dinner event held at the Lowry Hotel, Eccles RFC brought home the big prize as 2019 “CLUB OF THE YEAR” at the 19th Annual SALFORD SPORTS AWARDS. The award, presented to Eccles RFC by Everest Mountaineer Kenton Cool, was achieved for our club's impact in the last 12 months and our commitment to community, development and inclusivity. This prestigious recognition was made possible by the hard work and dedicated efforts of our club's volunteers last season, so a big pat on the back to all involved in keeping our mens, ladies, colts, girls, junior and mini teams playing and enjoying rugby, both on and off the pitch. Our double League and Plate winning U18 Senior Colts were also nominated for “Junior Team of The Year” but lost out on the night to the Salford Harriers U17 Girls team. "Senior Team of The Year" was awarded to Cadishead Rhinos ARLFC and "Volunteer" and "Coach of the Year" awards went to Winton Wanderers FC. Eccles RFC will now move forward to represent Salford at the Greater Manchester Sports Awards to be held at The Point, Emirates Old Trafford, on 15th November. And that's not all the surprising praise we've received this month. The 2019 MANCHESTER PRESTIGE AWARDS have also awarded Eccles RFC 'RUGBY CLUB OF THE YEAR'! Corportate LiveWire, sponsors of the National Presitige Awards, believed our club's approach to marketing, branding and growth deserved recognition. We don't do what we do at Eccles RFC to win awards, but do we appreciate the accolades when they come. A club so good they dubbed us twice! Chris Gaffey, Communications Officer, Eccles RFC CHARITY SUPPORT 1897 September 2009, marked a tragic event in the club’s history when Christopher TIckle, whilst playing for Eccles RFC, suffered a severe neck injury and sadly died in hospital three weeks later. Chris was a popular 23 year old with a great love of life and sports, an infectious sense of humour, a willingness to help others and was about to begin studying at Salford University. In March 2010 he was posthumously awarded The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award by HRH Prince Phillip. As a tribute to Christopher, Eccles RFC was to become the first rugby club in the country to establish its own DofE awards programme in 2011 and continues honour his memory each year with its Club Person of the Year Award and fundraising activities in aid of spinal injuries research. This season, in recognition of the 10th Anniversary, the annual Christmas Christopher Tickle Memorial Cup match will take on a special significance. More details on this event to follow later in the year.
Eccles v Aspull

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CLUB INFORMATION PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend. This is officially our 122nd anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 71 years we’ve always had our home in this community. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; teams for Mini’s, Juniors, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Men means you can come down to the club Saturday or Sunday and be entertained. The 1XV gained promotion last year playing attacking rugby with renewed conviction, something which we hope cascades down through the club this season. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our talented Home-Grown colts stepping up to play in the seniors this coming year alongside our new recruits. For the start of the new season the club has installed a new 3G artificial turf floodlit training area which all teams will benefit and the technical area on the edge of the first team pitch has also been replaced and expanded meaning that some players will not even get mud on their boots ! The club would also like to thank all the volunteers for their dedicated effort. We’d not be able to operate without their contributions. I can’t name all them all as I’m limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. We also now offer ‘Walking Rugby’ on Monday night at 7pm which, for those who’d like to give it a try, has no age, gender, or ability limitations. I would also like to thank our volunteers who operate our DofE section which complements the ethos of rugby and offers so much to young people in their future life. Congratulations to the groups who have achieved their Bronze, Silver or Gold award this year. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. Our clubhouse bar is CAMRA award-winning and (for those over the age of 18) I’m informed has a fine selection of match refreshments. Mark Dutton, President, Eccles RFC
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME I would like to offer a warm welcome to Aspull Rugby Union Football club, our close rivals from last season, with both teams earning promotion from Lancs/Cheshire Two. Aspull have the bragging rights after three close games, which included the Lancashire Plate Final. All three games went Aspull’s way, but only just. Eccles will be keen to turn this around, with both teams having mixed results in the start to their new league campaigns. Eccles have 3 wins from 5 and are sitting in 6th place and Aspull have 2 wins from 4 and are placed 8th. Aspull’s biggest defeat was against Manchester 83-10, but they bounced back well last week against De La Salle, 41-20. Eccles will want to put right some uncharacteristic mistakes, costing then dearly at Anselmians last week, with a 29-12 loss. The game was closer than the score line suggests and was there for the taking, if the chances had been taken and the error count cut. Welcome also to those early birds who join us this morning for ‘Le Crunch’ family event, where we are attempting to encourage Mini & Junior players and parents to come down to the club to enjoy Saturday rugby, screening the England v France World Cup game in the morning and staying on to enjoy some rugby activities on the pitch, followed by Eccles 1XV vs Aspull and Eccles 2XV v Orrell 2XV 3pm KO in the afternoon. We hope you enjoy your Free Breakfast, which is available from 8am, supported by Lancashire RFU. We achieve everything we do in, and for, our community, through the efforts of dedicated volunteers and the generous support of sponsors who share our ambition and passion. Thank you to our referees today, who like players, work during the week and then step out onto the field to officiate. They do their jobs under pressure and I would encourage rugby spectators and staff to understand and be more appreciative of their role in rugby. Without them we would not have the games today. Cheers.Thorpey. Paul Thorpe, Eccles RFC Chairman HEAD COACH NOTES Hello and welcome to everyone visiting Gorton Street today. Both Eccles 1s & 2s play host this afternoon to fellow Lancastrians and probably last season’s biggest League rivals Aspull and Orrell. The Firsts will be looking to get back to winning ways after a disappointing performance last time out over in the Wirral but to do that they must overcome an experienced Aspull Team who last year took the spoils in all 3 meetings seemingly holding on to Eccles kryptonite. Aspull haven’t taken to life at Level 7 as well as the men in Navy & White so far this season but will definitely be viewing this game as one to kick on from. The 2s will also be looking to get back to the form they had in the first weeks of the season before picking up two loses recently, non more painful than last weekend’s Derby defeat to Neighbours Della. Again Orrell offer stiff opposition and Eccles’ men know they have to be at their very best, physically and mentally, to win this one after two extremely competitive fixtures last season saw the clubs share the spoils one each. Good Luck to everyone today and thank you for all your support. Sam Simpson, DoR / Head Coach, Eccles RFC
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MENS LEAGUE TABLES ECCLES MEN 1XV NORTHERN DIVISION NORTH TWO WEST Glossop Rochdale Manchester Leigh Anselmians Eccles Winnington park Aspull De La Salle (Salford) Aspatria Southport Tarleton Bolton Sefton GAMES P W D L 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 4 5 RESULTS POINTS F TOTALS 5 0 0 176 75 101 24 4 5 0 0 156 4 92 23 3 4 0 1 177 76 101 19 3 3 1 1 130 109 21 17 3 3 0 2 158 107 51 17 3 3 0 2 154 152 2 15 3 3 1 2 134 116 18 14 2 2 0 2 114 171 -57 11 2 2 0 3 103 149 -46 10 1 1 0 4 137 150 -13 1 1 3 91 154 -63 0 0 5 135 182 -47 1 1 3 118 166 -48 9 8 7 6 0 0 5 76 76 -112 1 2 2 4 2 1 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 3 0 3 0 0 ECCLES MEN 2XV County Courier Services Division 2 North Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Littleborough 2XV Leigh 2XV Oldham 2XV Eccles 1XV De La Salle (Salford) 2XV Aldwinians 2XV Leyland Warriors 1XV Tarleton 2XV West Park (St. Helens) 2XV Southport 2XV GAMES P W D L 4 4 5 4 5 4 3 5 4 3 4 3 RESULTS POINTS F TOTALS 4 0 0 192 34 158 20 0 3 0 1 79 25 54 15 0 2 0 3 83 105 -22 14 0 2 0 2 127 74 53 13 0 2 0 3 98 152 -54 13 0 2 0 2 97 111 -14 12 0 2 0 1 109 74 35 11 0 3 0 2 93 121 -28 10 0 1 0 3 75 85 -10 1 0 2 50 85 -35 1 0 3 65 137 -72 1 0 2 51 116 -65 8 8 8 7 0 0 0 0 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 MENS FIXTURES-RESULTS Date Mens 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 Aldwinians - CUP A 07-Sep-19 Southport 14-Sep-19 Tarleton 28-Sep-19 Aspatria 05-Oct-19 Anselmians 12-Oct-19 Aspull 19-Oct-19 Bolton 26-Oct-19 De La Salle 02-Nov-19 09-Nov-19 Manchester 16-Nov-19 Glossop 23-Nov-19 Leigh 30-Nov-19 07-Dec-19 Rochdale 14-Dec-19 Sefton 21-Dec-19 28-Dec-18 04-Jan-20 Tarleton 25-Jan-20 01-Feb-20 Anselmians 08-Feb-20 Aspull 15-Feb-20 Bolton 22-Feb-20 29-Feb-20 De La Salle 07-Mar-20 Manchester 14-Mar-20 Glossop 21-Mar-20 Leigh 28-Mar-20 Rochdale 04-Apr-20 Sefton 11-Apr-20 18-Apr-20 Southport 25-Apr-20 A 29 - 64W H 37 - 35W 21-Sep-19 Winnington Park A 49 - 25L H 16 - 10W A 29 - 12L H A H H A H A H A 11-Jan-20 Winnington Park H 18-Jan-20 Aspatria A H A H A H H A H A H Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians 2XV Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV A H A A H A A H A West Park (St. Helens) H Leyland Warriors 1XV A Mens 2XV HA Results Leyland Warriors 1XV H Post Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle 2XV Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV H 35 - 29W A H 12 - 29L H A H H A H West Park (St. Helens) A
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Eccles 2XV Orrell 2XV 1. Daniel McManus # 2. John Hibbert 3. Josh Dowling 4. Dec O’Reagan # 5. Anthony Dutta 6. Marius Pintilli 7. Reece Walker # 8. Matt Lambert 9. Josh Waring # 10. Sandy Howarth # 11. Tim Balogun # 12. Danny Holland 13. Tim Cullen # 14. Steve Robinson 15. Jack Roper 16. Joshua Green # 17. Kyle Pickford 18. Alun Davies #Home-Grown at Eccles RFC 1. Brad Anderson 2. Jack Booth 3. Josh Grant 4. Andy Kelly 5. Syd Harbour 6. Andy Stott 7. Martin Joice 8. Stew Rowe 9. Terry Leaford 10. Matty Stafford (Capt) 11. Louis Whitfield 12. Craig Thomas 13. Dante Samuels 14. James Caldwell 15. Ollie Wakefield 16. Andrew McGuire 17. Carlton Bramwell 18. TBA TODAY’S REFEREE: Neil Everett (Madrefs) TEAM SHEETS ECCLES SENIOR COLTS Our 4th game of the season and the bare facts are 3 loses and one draw but its easy to put so much emphasis on winning and losing that we miss the full story. Our first game saw us travel to Wigan who had already had one game and good numbers in their squad. The final score of 53 points to 26 fails to tell the fact the Eccles Senior Colts finished strongly to score their tries. Belief in what we could do with a bare 15 players grew as the game went on. Our second game and again a squad of 15 we went down to Birkenhead 16 points to 12. The end of the game saw the team applying tremendous pressure and were unlucky not to gain another try. Our 3rd game and a cup match we were up against a well drilled team from Southport. A brave squad of 15 Eccles players battled on and never lost heart even when we went down to 14 following injury. Last Sunday our latest result saw us claw back from 28 points to 7 down at half time to draw 28 all away to Bury. A squad of 14 Eccles Colts against a confident Bury squad of 19 looked like a tall order at the start. The character, belief and the determination of every one of the colts showed just everything that is good about rugby. Teamwork, respect, enjoyment and discipline only partly tell the story. Endurance, determination overcoming the odds more accurately reflect what the team did. The performance was perfectly summed up by Martin Parkinson, ‘yesterday was a gloomy day with both Senior Teams losing. Today my heart has been lifted with the performance of 14 lads giving their all and refusing to be subdued. A touchline full of proud parents and quite rightly so. Absolute top performance and to misquote he bard ‘those who had feeble excuses will feel themselves small for not being there’. This is what it means to be Eccles. If you know someone who want to be part of this story, please invite them down. We have much to be proud of and this isn’t simply explained by win or loss. John Christey, Eccles RFC Senior Colts Coach
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ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES ECCLES LADIES WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP NORTH TWO Sefton Ladies Crewe & Nantwich Ladies Manchester Ladies Birkenhead Park Ladies Didsbury TOC H Ladies EcclesLadies Sunderland Ladies Darlington Ladies GAMES RESULTS P W D L 3 3 3 2 3 2 3 1 F 3 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 1 94 39 65 50 58 34 52 0 POINTS A 32 36 38 30 71 62 94 29 62 3 TOTALS DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 15 10 6 6 6 4 4 0 27 20 -13 -28 -42 -29 3 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 ECCLES SENIOR COLTS - CHAMPIONS RESULTS Conference League-Senior D GAMES Senior Colts Senior D (U18's) Birkenhead Park Colts Bury Colts Kendal Colts Wigan Colts Makos Colts Eccles Colts Preston G/Hoppers Colts POINTS P W D L 4 4 3 4 3 3 3 F 3 0 1 2 1 1 2 0 1 78 91 79 84 66 26 A 49 77 27 2 0 2 104 107 2 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 3 55 97 29 14 52 -3 TOTALS 116 90 DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 17 14 12 12 11 5 3 29 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 ECCLES LADIES FIXTURES Date Eccles Ladies 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 08-Sep-19 Darlington 15-Sep-19 Didsbury TOC H 22-Sep-19 29-Sep-19 06-Oct-19 Manchester 27-Oct-19 03-Nov-19 Sefton 10-Nov-19 17-Nov-19 Birkenhead Park 24-Nov-19 Sunderland 01-Dec-19 08-Dec-19 Didsbury TOC H 15-Dec-19 22-Dec-19 29-Dec-18 05-Jan-20 Manchester H 12-Jan-20 Crewe & Nantwich H 19-Jan-20 26-Jan-20 02-Feb-20 Sefton 09-Feb-20 16-Feb-20 23-Feb-20 Birkenhead Park 30-Feb-20 01-Mar-20 Sunderland 08-Mar-20 15-Mar-20 Darlington 22-Mar-20 29-Mar-20 05-Apr-20 12-Apr-20 19-Apr-20 A H A H Makos Kendal Tarleton A A Preston Grasshoppers H A A Post H 20 - 19W A 43 - 14L 13-Oct-19 Crewe & Nantwich A 20-Oct-19 H A H A Birkenhead Park Bury A H Preston Grasshoppers A H Wigan Senior Colts Tarleton Wigan Birkenhead Park Colts Cup - Southport Bury Makos Kendal HA Results H Post A 53 - 26L H 12 - 16L H A 28 - 28D H H
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ECCLES LADIES Over the last 21 seasons Eccles RFC Ladies have worked tirelessly to develop the women’s game in the Manchester area. We have been rewarded over the years with promotions, cup runs and country representation. As we enter our 22nd season we are proud offer rugby for women and girls of all ages and abilities. With a club and team ethos of rugby for everyone our qualified and skilled coaches offer a high-quality rugby experience for all whether complete amateur or old pro. After a difficult 2018/19 season we are extremely optimistic about the coming season with a new 1XV captain, multiple academy players graduating to the senior side and a strong preseason recruitment drive big things are expected. With the retention of our strong core squad and coaching team it is an exciting time to be an Eccles lady. Eccles continued their season spurred on by a home win on the opening weekend to Didsbury with another home fixture against a strong Manchester team. Although the fixture was ultimately not to go our way it was a day a many triumph’s. Eccles selected a squad of 20! A monstrous step forward from last season with a fantastic #homegrown representation. This is testament to the strong core group of committed players and coaches that have worked tirelessly to rebuild the squad. This week we take to the road for the first time with another tough fixture away at Crewe and Nantwich, Eccles enter the fray 1 and 1 hoping to add to the win column and continue this squads development. Any enquiries should be directed to james.g.wright@hotmail.com James Wright, Ladies Head Coach, Eccles RFC ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS
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ECCLES JUNIORS In a week where Salford Red Devils have revisited their halcyon days by reaching Rugby League’s Grand Final, the interest in the ‘other code’ of our wonderful game has seen resurgence. The historical correlation between the two codes is strong in our city - Salford and Sale Sharks share a stadium just a mile away from Eccles RFC and Rugby League’s influence on the development of our young Rugby Union players is undeniable. Salford has many high schools that play competitive RL (but non that play RU) and so many of the children attracted to enjoy their rugby at Eccles on a Sunday play both codes naturally. Last Sunday our U14s (who have 8 players representing 4 different RL clubs) hosted Burnley/Rochdale. The result went the way of the visitors as despite the best efforts from club officials, the fixture clashed with the local RL play-offs denying us our cross-code players. The efforts of those players who participated were colossal as we were down to a bare 15. They left the field beaten but not disgraced with the battle scars as proof. We’re not the only RU club in our district who shares their players with RL and the logistics of accom modating players with twin allegiances on a Sunday is becom ing imperative for the future of a lot of our Junior age groups. Would it not be possible for those in the corridors of power of both Rugby codes to better align their seasons to encourage both versions of the game to flourish at grassroots and avoid clubs having to fold junior teams? Having seen at first hand the advantages of juniors playing both codes the evidence continues up to the current England RU World Cup team. I think it’s time to look at the rugby ‘cross-over’. Both codes definitely benefit from taking ideas from each other on the pitch, so why not a similar collaboration in the mutual administration of both games? Enjoy your rugby this weekend! Incidentally, Salford initially remained loyal to the RFU at the Northern Union breakaway in 1895 and the first ever rugby match played under floodlights took place in 1878 between Broughton and Swinton, who joined the RFU in 1871 and were soon recognised as a national force through a policy of recruiting from local junior teams, including Eccles! Paul Fleming, Mini and Juniors Chairman, Eccles RFC DUKE OF EDINBURGHS AWARD In 2011 Eccles became the first rugby club to offers their junior members an opportunity to do the DofE and this has grown year on year. Our participants have achieved very close to 250 medals including 48 Gold awards. Last year we became a direct Licensing Authority, which means we no longer report to Salford City Council, but govern ourselves reporting to the DofE directly. This means we have more autonomy but all participants still need to be associated with the club as we cannot take external participants. There has been a fairly even split between lads and girls. At the end of May 2019, 12 more participants received their Gold Award at Buckingham Palace, a year since the last 10 Golds received their awards and two years since the one’s before. This will be our fourth group of participants we have sent for their Gold awards, three of which have been presented at Buckingham Palace. We have over 92% pass rate, we well above the national average, which a fantastic achievement and has been recognised by the DofE Governing body which lead to us becoming a direct Licensing Authority. Please carry on supporting this great cause and encourage your kids to get involved, it’s not for all so don’t force them but we have had many who have seen what fun and rewards that can be gained and have joined at a later stage. The same is said that some start and don’t progress to different levels and there are lots of reasons for this but they do have until they are 24 years old to complete so it is never an issue with coming back at a later stage. Those that do, create friends and memories for life and nothing can replace these. We also have a few volunteers who help out when required on expeditions, but we always welcome people to help out in any way you can. If you know anyone or wish to volunteer, please come forward. First Gold Group At St James Palace 2nd Gold Group At Buckingham Palace 3rd Group At Buckingham Palace 4th Group At Buckingham Palace
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WALKING RUGBY Eccles Walking Rugby started after an email from Sale Sharks Community Trust inviting the club to participate in their initiative. Well we all know our club. It took less than two weeks for us to get organised and have our first session, that was back in May 2018 and we're still walking strong now. Walking Rugby is a new inclusive sport and an enjoyable way to get some exercise. It’s a much simpler and less physical version of the traditional game which brings ex-players of a certain age and those who are completely new to rugby together. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Say “Walking” to a bloke and he says “not for me”. Say “Rugby” to a woman and she says “not for me”, but I say give it a go. We encourage both men and women, young and not so young, skilled and not so skilled to get involved. Ladies with experience in netball will see it involves similar handling skills and agility. Guys, well you never lose it do you, but if you never had it the slower pace gives you more time to think about it. I've developed a sidestep I never knew I had! Playing on the AstroTurf allows us to play in any weather no special equipment required, although waterproofs and footwear with grip is a bonus. Our sessions are well supported and we regularly get 20+ players. On more than one occasion the ladies have outnumbered the men. The game is based on touch rugby. The attacking side are allowed 6 tackles (double handed touch) in which to score. After each tackle the attacking side has 3 seconds to pass the ball and the defending side must get back onside (3 metres). If after 6 tackles a try has not been scored the ball is handed over and it starts again. You soon get the hang of it. The whole idea is to have fun and enjoy the banter, reconnect with old friends and make new ones. The session is open to all regardless of skill level. Monday evenings 19.00 - 20.00 with a bragging session in the bar after if you fancy. It's great fun and easy. It must be if I can play it. Turn up and give it a try. Yours in Rugby, Benty Alan Bent, Walker, Eccles RFC
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE Dark Days Ahead : Part 2 of the WW2 story of Eccles RFC... 80 years ago this week Eccles RFC was facing an uncertain future. Following the declaration of war September 1939, the club committee met each week at the Rock House Hotel on Peel Green Road to discuss the national emergency and instructions from the Lancashire County Union for the cancellation of all fixtures for 1939-40 season. With consideration to the difficulties the club had faced with re-establishment following WWI, the committee investigated the possibility of arranging friendly fixtures with local clubs. However, Mr Farnworth, owner of Bromyhurst Farm, Redclyffe Road, Barton where Eccles played its games, informed the club he anticipated the land being put under the plough for the growth of crops in response to Government requests. It was therefore agreed that members would be sent their newly printed fixture cards with a letter explaining no subs would be requested for the abandoned season but all donations to help cover costs would be appreciated. With the imminent threat of the pitch turned over to farming, the shrewd minds of the committee offered use of the Eccles ground and facilities to the military authorities. Three Army officers, Mr Farnworth and club representatives held negotiations and on 3rd October 1939, the 356th Searchlight Company (39th Lancashire Fusiliers Regt) took over the occupancy of the Eccles pavilion and manned Lewis Gun positions at Barton Locks and the Power Station. The Ship Canal, Salford Docks and Trafford Park were of great importance and searchlight batteries were deployed to illuminate enemy bombers for the anti-aircraft guns. The ever assiduous Club Treasurer Arthur Gilbody wrote to Lt. Hilton meticulously listing the articles on loan from Eccles RFC (including 1 notice board, 1 card table, 1 oil lamp, 1 enamel tea-pot) and enclosing conditions for the army’s occupation! In his response Lt. Hilton expressed his appreciation and reassured him “that there would definitely be no use of the pavilion as a dance hall or cinema by the army whilst in use”! To be continued… A story in instalments, by Sheila Thomas and Chris Gaffey CHARITY SUPPORT 1897 September 2009, marked a tragic event in the club’s history when Christopher TIckle, whilst playing for Eccles RFC, suffered a severe neck injury and sadly died in hospital three weeks later. Chris was a popular 23 year old with a great love of life and sports, an infectious sense of humour, a willingness to help others and was about to begin studying at Salford University. In March 2010 he was posthumously awarded The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award by HRH Prince Phillip. As a tribute to Christopher, Eccles RFC was to become the first rugby club in the country to establish its own DofE awards programme in 2011 and continues honour his memory each year with its Club Person of the Year Award and fundraising activities in aid of spinal injuries research. This season, in recognition of the 10th Anniversary, the annual Christmas Christopher Tickle Memorial Cup match will take on a special significance. More details on this event to follow later in the year.
Eccles v De La Salle 26/10/2019

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CLUB INFORMATION PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend. This is officially our 122nd anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 71 years we’ve always had our home in this community. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; teams for Mini’s, Juniors, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Men means you can come down to the club Saturday or Sunday and be entertained. The 1XV gained promotion last year playing attacking rugby with renewed conviction, something which we hope cascades down through the club this season. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our talented Home-Grown colts stepping up to play in the seniors this coming year alongside our new recruits. For the start of the new season the club has installed a new 3G artificial turf floodlit training area which all teams will benefit and the technical area on the edge of the first team pitch has also been replaced and expanded meaning that some players will not even get mud on their boots ! The club would also like to thank all the volunteers for their dedicated effort. We’d not be able to operate without their contributions. I can’t name all them all as I’m limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. We also now offer ‘Walking Rugby’ on Monday night at 7pm which, for those who’d like to give it a try, has no age, gender, or ability limitations. I would also like to thank our volunteers who operate our DofE section which complements the ethos of rugby and offers so much to young people in their future life. Congratulations to the groups who have achieved their Bronze, Silver or Gold award this year. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. Our clubhouse bar is CAMRA award-winning and (for those over the age of 18) I’m informed has a fine selection of match refreshments. Mark Dutton, President, Eccles RFC
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME I would like to offer a warm welcome to De La Salle Rugby club for this local derby match. Last season De La Salle struggled after gaining promotion, with only 2 wins and 9 points resulting in a short visit to North One West. Their start to this new league campaign has been a mixed bag, with three heavy looses in as many games, but prior to that, they had a good win over Anselmians. You never know what you are going to get with De La Salle, therefore Eccles will need to be on top of their game to bounce back after a lackluster performance at Bolton. We are now over a quarter way through the season and this new look, rebuilt Eccles side with lots of “Home Grown” talent are sitting in 6th place and De La Salle in 12 position. ‘Home Grown’ is in our veins and our roots. We believe in Rugby for all and we take pride in our Home-Grown principles. Last season saw 11 colts make their senior debut in the Navy and White hoops and 30 more former colts names could be found across our weekly team sheets. Our Junior programme regularly produces talented young players and last year we were delighted to see eight Eccles lads and six U18 Girls team wear the red rose of Lancashire. This week Eccles RFC was informed it was a finalist in the Club Mirror Magazine Awards. This is the third nomination we’ve received this year (we’ve already won two awards and also await the decision of the Greater Manchester Sports Awards next month) We achieve everything we do in, and for, our community, through the efforts of dedicated volunteers and the generous support of sponsors who share our ambition and passion. The club extends its sincere thanks to them and to all our referees, who like players, work during the week and then step out onto the field to officiate. They do their jobs under pressure and I would encourage rugby spectators and staff to understand and be more appreciative of their role in rugby. Without them we would not have the games today. Cheers Thorpey Paul Thorpe, Eccles RFC Chairman HEAD COACH NOTES Hello and a very warm welcome to everyone visiting Gorton Street this weekend. Today our 1st currently sit at 12th Eccles in 6th Team welcome close neighbours and old friends De La Salle, who in the league with a 10-point cushion between them and . Eccles’ Men will be wanting to forget the poor performance they put in last weekend at Bolton and get back to the brand of rugby they enjoy playing and their faithful supporters have become accustom to seeing from them over the years. This will be no easy feat on a Salford Derby Day! De La Salle are no push over for anyone in this league, with their high levels of physicality and intimidation setting them apart from most on any Saturday afternoon, but on Derby day this part of their game overflows the cup as local bragging rights lie at stake. Eccles must control their emotions in this one, if they are to show their superior Rugby Union skills over their visitors and claim the 5-point victory they desire. My advice for any loved ones on the day is to cover the kid’s eyes and ears, mothers and wives stay in the club house and gentlemen hold on to your hats! This game won’t be for the faint Hearted! Sam Simpson, Eccles RFC, DoR / Head Coach
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MENS LEAGUE TABLES ECCLES MEN 1XV NORTHERN DIVISION NORTH TWO WEST Glossop Rochdale Manchester Leigh Anselmians Eccles Winnington park Bolton Tarleton Aspull Sefton De La Salle (Salford) Southport Aspatria GAMES RESULTS P W D L 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 7 6 7 7 7 7 POINTS F TOTALS 7 0 0 248 112 136 34 6 7 0 0 215 109 106 32 4 6 0 1 277 98 179 29 5 4 1 2 188 159 29 24 5 4 0 3 211 162 49 22 4 4 0 3 220 202 18 20 4 3 0 4 180 169 11 17 3 3 0 3 194 200 -6 15 3 1 0 6 186 233 -47 13 5 2 0 4 152 260 -108 11 2 2 0 5 128 234 -106 10 2 2 0 5 132 259 -127 10 1 1 1 5 126 223 -97 1 0 6 180 217 -37 9 9 2 3 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 0 4 1 0 1 1 0 ECCLES MEN 2XV County Courier Services Division 2 North Orrell 2XV Leigh 2XV Keswick 2XV Littleborough 2XV Leyland Warriors 1XV Oldham 2XV Eccles 2XV Tarleton 2XV De La Salle (Salford) 2XV Aldwinians 2XV West Park (St. Helens) 2XV Southport 2XV GAMES P W D L 6 6 5 6 6 6 6 4 4 6 5 4 RESULTS POINTS F TOTALS 6 0 0 252 67 185 30 0 4 0 2 202 115 87 23 0 4 0 1 131 32 99 20 0 3 0 3 111 122 -11 19 0 2 0 4 112 107 5 15 0 2 0 4 120 187 -67 14 0 2 0 4 116 201 -85 14 0 2 0 2 72 101 -29 13 0 2 0 2 128 114 14 12 0 3 0 3 110 149 -39 11 0 1 0 4 86 159 -73 10 0 1 0 3 51 137 -86 8 0 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 MENS FIXTURES-RESULTS Date Mens 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 Aldwinians - CUP A 07-Sep-19 Southport 14-Sep-19 Tarleton 28-Sep-19 Aspatria 05-Oct-19 Anselmians 12-Oct-19 Aspull 19-Oct-19 Bolton 26-Oct-19 De La Salle 02-Nov-19 09-Nov-19 Manchester 16-Nov-19 Glossop 23-Nov-19 Leigh 30-Nov-19 07-Dec-19 Rochdale 14-Dec-19 Sefton 21-Dec-19 28-Dec-18 04-Jan-20 Tarleton 25-Jan-20 01-Feb-20 Anselmians 08-Feb-20 Aspull 15-Feb-20 Bolton 22-Feb-20 29-Feb-20 De La Salle 07-Mar-20 Manchester 14-Mar-20 Glossop 21-Mar-20 Leigh 28-Mar-20 Rochdale 04-Apr-20 Sefton 11-Apr-20 18-Apr-20 Southport 25-Apr-20 A 29 - 64W H 37 - 35W 21-Sep-19 Winnington Park A 49 - 25L H 16 - 10W A 29 - 12L H 46 - 22W A 28 - 20L H H A H A H A 11-Jan-20 Winnington Park H 18-Jan-20 Aspatria A H A H A H H A H A H Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians 2XV Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV A H A A H A A H A West Park (St. Helens) H Leyland Warriors 1XV A Mens 2XV HA Results Leyland Warriors 1XV H Post Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle 2XV Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV H 35 - 29W A 17 - 00L H 12 - 29L H 12 - 38L A 52 - 07L H H A H West Park (St. Helens) A
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ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS ECCLES SENIOR COLTS Our 4th game of the season and the bare facts are 3 loses and one draw but its easy to put so much emphasis on winning and losing that we miss the full story. Our first game saw us travel to Wigan who had already had one game and good numbers in their squad. The final score of 53 points to 26 fails to tell the fact the Eccles Senior Colts finished strongly to score their tries. Belief in what we could do with a bare 15 players grew as the game went on. Our second game and again a squad of 15 we went down to Birkenhead 16 points to 12. The end of the game saw the team applying tremendous pressure and were unlucky not to gain another try. Our 3rd game and a cup match we were up against a well drilled team from Southport. A brave squad of 15 Eccles players battled on and never lost heart even when we went down to 14 following injury. Last Sunday our latest result saw us claw back from 28 points to 7 down at half time to draw 28 all away to Bury. A squad of 14 Eccles Colts against a confident Bury squad of 19 looked like a tall order at the start. The character, belief and the determination of every one of the colts showed just everything that is good about rugby. Teamwork, respect, enjoyment and discipline only partly tell the story. Endurance, determination overcoming the odds more accurately reflect what the team did. The performance was perfectly summed up by Martin Parkinson, ‘yesterday was a gloomy day with both Senior Teams losing. Today my heart has been lifted with the performance of 14 lads giving their all and refusing to be subdued. A touchline full of proud parents and quite rightly so. Absolute top performance and to misquote he bard ‘those who had feeble excuses will feel themselves small for not being there’. This is what it means to be Eccles. If you know someone who want to be part of this story, please invite them down. We have much to be proud of and this isn’t simply explained by win or loss. John Christey, Eccles RFC Senior Colts Coach
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ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES ECCLES LADIES WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP NORTH TWO Sefton Ladies Crewe & Nantwich Ladies Manchester Ladies Birkenhead Park Ladies Didsbury TOC H Ladies Darlington Ladies Sunderland Ladies Eccles Ladies GAMES RESULTS P W D L 4 4 4 2 3 2 4 3 F 73 50 58 29 52 44 POINTS A 4 0 0 111 40 3 0 1 125 46 1 0 3 1 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 1 1 0 3 1 0 2 55 30 71 29 -13 0 123 -71 19 15 7 6 6 5 4 TOTALS DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 71 79 18 20 148 -104 4 3 3 3 2 2 1 0 0 ECCLES SENIOR COLTS Conference League-Senior D GAMES Senior Colts Senior D (U18's) Birkenhead Park Colts Makos Colts Bury Colts Kendal Colts Wigan Colts Eccles Colts Preston G/Hoppers Colts RESULTS P W D L 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 F POINTS A 4 0 1 111 61 4 0 1 106 72 3 1 1 108 92 3 0 2 155 49 2 0 3 104 107 0 1 4 0 0 4 88 38 50 34 16 -3 22 21 19 TOTALS 180 -92 149 -111 4 DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 106 19 12 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ECCLES LADIES & COLTS FIXTURES Date Eccles Ladies 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 08-Sep-19 Darlington 15-Sep-19 Didsbury TOC H 22-Sep-19 29-Sep-19 06-Oct-19 Manchester 27-Oct-19 03-Nov-19 Sefton 10-Nov-19 17-Nov-19 Birkenhead Park 24-Nov-19 Sunderland 01-Dec-19 08-Dec-19 Didsbury TOC H 15-Dec-19 22-Dec-19 29-Dec-18 05-Jan-20 Manchester H 12-Jan-20 Crewe & Nantwich H 19-Jan-20 26-Jan-20 02-Feb-20 Sefton 09-Feb-20 16-Feb-20 23-Feb-20 Birkenhead Park 30-Feb-20 01-Mar-20 Sunderland 08-Mar-20 15-Mar-20 Darlington 22-Mar-20 29-Mar-20 05-Apr-20 12-Apr-20 19-Apr-20 A H A H Makos Kendal Tarleton A A Preston Grasshoppers H A A Post H 20 - 19W A 43 - 14L 13-Oct-19 Crewe & Nantwich A 86 - 10L 20-Oct-19 H A H A Birkenhead Park Bury A H Preston Grasshoppers A H Wigan Senior Colts Tarleton Wigan Birkenhead Park Colts Cup - Southport Bury Makos Kendal HA Results H Post A 53 - 26L H 12 - 16L H A 28 - 28D H 17 - 22L H 5 - 61L
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ECCLES LADIES Over the last 21 seasons Eccles RFC Ladies have worked tirelessly to develop the women’s game in the Manchester area. We have been rewarded over the years with promotions, cup runs and country representation. As we enter our 22nd season we are proud offer rugby for women and girls of all ages and abilities. With a club and team ethos of rugby for everyone our qualified and skilled coaches offer a high-quality rugby experience for all whether complete amateur or old pro. After a difficult 2018/19 season we are extremely optimistic about the coming season with a new 1XV captain, multiple academy players graduating to the senior side and a strong preseason recruitment drive big things are expected. With the retention of our strong core squad and coaching team it is an exciting time to be an Eccles lady. Game 3 and Eccles ladies continue their 2019/20 campaign on the road to old friends Darlington. Bolstered by a resurgence in numbers, 21 (yes 21) Eccles ladies boarded the bus full of endeavour and excitement; unfortunately, the Darlington ladies didn’t get the memo. A difficult day in equally difficult conditions saw Eccles come off second best, but by no means a wasted trip. With the aid of our friends at Carlsberg and Magners, celebrations of the progress so far this season were not be halted and continued down the M6 all the way back to Gorton Street. Eccles move into a rest weekend with plenty to work on but moral is high and there is a keen desire to improve. Watch this space there’s a resurrection on the horizon. Any enquiries should be directed to james.g.wright@hotmail.com James Wright, Ladies Head Coach, Eccles RFC ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS
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ECCLES JUNIORS Hello all and a warm welcome from the junior section at Eccles RFC! In a week where our wonderful sport is basking in the spotlight it deserves as two ‘home nations’ seek a place in the RWC final, we are reminded just how the game has change OFF the field: As international referee Jaco Peyper enjoyed a light-hearted moment in the company of celebrating Welsh fans, he has been stripped of any further involvement in RWC due to overstepping ethical boundaries. In recent junior games we have ‘experienced’ another side of ethical awareness where on-field incidents have triggered investigatory procedures before implementing restorative measures. This all traces back to HOW we behave from an introduction to the game from a tentative age. Respect for the officials: respect for each other; respect for the game = Fun. With the club ethos revolving around our strategy of nurturing home grown talent, our code of conduct states we have a responsibility to ‘uphold a reputation for good behaviour’ and so it was apleasing spectacle to see 7 of our U14s players attending the Sale SharksDPP last week and the plaudits given to the boys from the Sale coaches. Our U16s also provided a number of boys to the DPP and, we also congratulate Adam Christie being selected for Lancashire U20s, all as a direct result of our junior section and home grown talent process! As a club we will continue to build on our reputation and embed the games ethics but, we must remain conscious of losing players and officials because of such ethics causing differing interpretations. The back-room staff at Eccles RFC remains determined to strengthen the bedrock of the club and our Comms Officer is set share the clubs future vision with our parents as we foster good relationships and, good ethics! We must finish on a positive note and say ‘Come on England…..Pob lwc i Gymru..... Labore Omnia Florent…. I shall leave you the challenge of interpreting! Paul Fleming, Mini and Junior Chairman, Eccles RFC DUKE OF EDINBURGHS AWARD In 2011 Eccles became the first rugby club to offers their junior members an opportunity to do the DofE and this has grown year on year. Our participants have achieved very close to 250 medals including 48 Gold awards. Last year we became a direct Licensing Authority, which means we no longer report to Salford City Council, but govern ourselves reporting to the DofE directly. This means we have more autonomy but all participants still need to be associated with the club as we cannot take external participants. There has been a fairly even split between lads and girls. At the end of May 2019, 12 more participants received their Gold Award at Buckingham Palace, a year since the last 10 Golds received their awards and two years since the one’s before. This will be our fourth group of participants we have sent for their Gold awards, three of which have been presented at Buckingham Palace. We have over 92% pass rate, we well above the national average, which a fantastic achievement and has been recognised by the DofE Governing body which lead to us becoming a direct Licensing Authority. Please carry on supporting this great cause and encourage your kids to get involved, it’s not for all so don’t force them but we have had many who have seen what fun and rewards that can be gained and have joined at a later stage. The same is said that some start and don’t progress to different levels and there are lots of reasons for this but they do have until they are 24 years old to complete so it is never an issue with coming back at a later stage. Those that do, create friends and memories for life and nothing can replace these. We also have a few volunteers who help out when required on expeditions, but we always welcome people to help out in any way you can. If you know anyone or wish to volunteer, please come forward. First Gold Group At St James Palace 2nd Gold Group At Buckingham Palace 3rd Group At Buckingham Palace 4th Group At Buckingham Palace
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WALKING RUGBY Eccles Walking Rugby started after an email from Sale Sharks Community Trust inviting the club to participate in their initiative. Well we all know our club. It took less than two weeks for us to get organised and have our first session, that was back in May 2018 and we're still walking strong now. Walking Rugby is a new inclusive sport and an enjoyable way to get some exercise. It’s a much simpler and less physical version of the traditional game which brings ex-players of a certain age and those who are completely new to rugby together. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Say “Walking” to a bloke and he says “not for me”. Say “Rugby” to a woman and she says “not for me”, but I say give it a go. We encourage both men and women, young and not so young, skilled and not so skilled to get involved. Ladies with experience in netball will see it involves similar handling skills and agility. Guys, well you never lose it do you, but if you never had it the slower pace gives you more time to think about it. I've developed a sidestep I never knew I had! Playing on the AstroTurf allows us to play in any weather no special equipment required, although waterproofs and footwear with grip is a bonus. Our sessions are well supported and we regularly get 20+ players. On more than one occasion the ladies have outnumbered the men. The game is based on touch rugby. The attacking side are allowed 6 tackles (double handed touch) in which to score. After each tackle the attacking side has 3 seconds to pass the ball and the defending side must get back onside (3 metres). If after 6 tackles a try has not been scored the ball is handed over and it starts again. You soon get the hang of it. The whole idea is to have fun and enjoy the banter, reconnect with old friends and make new ones. The session is open to all regardless of skill level. Monday evenings 19.00 - 20.00 with a bragging session in the bar after if you fancy. It's great fun and easy. It must be if I can play it. Turn up and give it a try. Yours in Rugby, Benty Alan Bent, Walker, Eccles RFC
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE Dark Days Ahead : Part 2 of the WW2 story of Eccles RFC... 80 years ago this week Eccles RFC was facing an uncertain future. Following the declaration of war September 1939, the club committee met each week at the Rock House Hotel on Peel Green Road to discuss the national emergency and instructions from the Lancashire County Union for the cancellation of all fixtures for 1939-40 season. With consideration to the difficulties the club had faced with re-establishment following WWI, the committee investigated the possibility of arranging friendly fixtures with local clubs. However, Mr Farnworth, owner of Bromyhurst Farm, Redclyffe Road, Barton where Eccles played its games, informed the club he anticipated the land being put under the plough for the growth of crops in response to Government requests. It was therefore agreed that members would be sent their newly printed fixture cards with a letter explaining no subs would be requested for the abandoned season but all donations to help cover costs would be appreciated. With the imminent threat of the pitch turned over to farming, the shrewd minds of the committee offered use of the Eccles ground and facilities to the military authorities. Three Army officers, Mr Farnworth and club representatives held negotiations and on 3rd October 1939, the 356th Searchlight Company (39th Lancashire Fusiliers Regt) took over the occupancy of the Eccles pavilion and manned Lewis Gun positions at Barton Locks and the Power Station. The Ship Canal, Salford Docks and Trafford Park were of great importance and searchlight batteries were deployed to illuminate enemy bombers for the anti-aircraft guns. The ever assiduous Club Treasurer Arthur Gilbody wrote to Lt. Hilton meticulously listing the articles on loan from Eccles RFC (including 1 notice board, 1 card table, 1 oil lamp, 1 enamel tea-pot) and enclosing conditions for the army’s occupation! In his response Lt. Hilton expressed his appreciation and reassured him “that there would definitely be no use of the pavilion as a dance hall or cinema by the army whilst in use”! To be continued… A story in instalments, by Sheila Thomas and Chris Gaffey 1897 September 2009, marked a tragic event in the club’s history when Christopher TIckle, whilst playing for Eccles RFC, suffered a severe neck injury and sadly died in hospital three weeks later. Chris was a popular 23 year old with a great love of life and sports, an infectious sense of humour, a willingness to help others and was about to begin studying at Salford University. In March 2010 he was posthumously awarded The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award by HRH Prince Phillip. As a tribute to Christopher, Eccles RFC was to become the first rugby club in the country to establish its own DofE awards programme in 2011 and continues honour his memory each year with its Club Person of the Year Award and fundraising activities in aid of spinal injuries research. This season, in recognition of the 10th Anniversary, the annual Christmas Christopher Tickle Memorial Cup match will take on a special significance. More details on this event to follow later in the year.